Photo article: 1956 - Flag Hoisted At Hungarian Parliament

  • 24 Oct 2017 8:58 AM
Photo article: 1956 - Flag Hoisted At Hungarian Parliament
Hungary’s national flag was hoisted in front of the Parliament building on Monday morning, in a state commemoration marking the 61th anniversary of the anti-Soviet uprising which started on October 23, 1956. Hungarians rose up against the inhuman communist regime in October, 1956, and the country of 10 million people defeated the domineering Soviet Union of 200 million people for 13 days.

The ceremony was attended by President János Áder, House Speaker László Kövér, members of government and diplomats. Official commemorations of the revolution and freedom fight, quelled by Soviet troops which then occupied the country until 1989, will go on with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s speech at the House of Terror museum at 3 pm.

Celebrations will be held nationwide and in Hungarian communities around the world. Parts of the Parliament building will be open to visitors free of charge on Monday, including the central hall where the Hungarian royal crown is displayed.

Commemorations will also be held at the Rákoskeresztúr cemetery, in eastern Budapest, where the remains of executed revolutionaries were buried in unmarked graves in 1956.

Republished with permission of Hungary Matters, MTI’s daily newsletter.

MTI Photos: Illyés Tibor and Botár Gergely/

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