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The ideals of 1956 and the hopes of 1989 must be preserved “every day”, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony said on Friday, unveiling a memorial plaque of writer and poet István Eörsi, who was also a freedom fighter in Hungary’s 1956 anti-Soviet uprising.

“We must never give up on the system of a republic which is under threat of being eliminated from our lives,” Karácsony said. “We must insist on the eminence of diversity, on the rule of law with all of its criteria, on being humane and on solidarity.”

“And we also must insist on Europe, on equal opportunities and on rejecting that any power should ever come to defining itself as the country it rules,” the mayor said.

1956 Revolution and Suppression of Uprising Led to Western Intellectuals' Disappointment in Communist Ideology
1956 Revolution and Suppression of Uprising Led to Western Intellectuals' Disappointment in Communist Ideology

Some who had been sympathizing with the communist systems from a distance, as a result of the events in Hungary, started to wonder whether this was really the way to go.Continue reading

Erzsébet Gy. Németh, a deputy mayor, said that Eörsi as a writer showed an opportunity and morals to the readers. He also gave the idea of freedom a shape and filled it with content, she said. “Eörsi was a hero of 1956, a chronicler of 1956 during his life with his works representing the traditions of 1956,” she said.

Featured photo illustration via Gergely Karácsony’s Facebook page