(MTI) – The opposition Socialist Party has voiced its objections to putting up a monument to former prime minister Istvan Tisza in Kossuth Square.
In a statement, signed by Socialist leaders Laszlo Botka, Jozsef Tobias and Istvan Hiller, and sent to MTI on Sunday, the party said that Tisza had “not manifested the unity of the nation; he did not like progressive minds and progressive minds did not like him”.
According to the Socialists, a memorial to Ferenc Deak (1803-1876) should be erected near Parliament instead, because his life and achievement “unquestionably better” represents national cohesion, the statement said.
The Socialists will not attend the unveiling ceremony of Tisza’s reconstructed monument on Monday, an event to be addressed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Tisza was prime minister of Hungary between 1903 and 1905, and from 1913 to 1917. He was assassinated in October 1918.