23rd of October – National Holiday in Hungary


Today we celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the 1956 revolution.

Commemorations have been held all over the country on this occasion.

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a nationwide revolt against the Marxist-Leninist government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies. The revolution began as a student protest, which attracted thousands as they marched through central Budapest to the Parliament building.

The revolt spread quickly across Hungary, and the government collapsed. After announcing a willingness to negotiate the withdrawal of Soviet forces, the Politburo changed its mind and moved to crush the revolution. On the 4th of November, a large Soviet force invaded Budapest and other regions of the country. The Hungarian resistance continued until the 10th of November.

Over 2,500 Hungarians and 700 Soviet troops were killed in the conflict, and 200,000 Hungarians fled as refugees.

Source: www.wikipedia.org

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