The 1956 Hungarian uprising against communist rule shows Hungarians’ resilience against the influence of foreign interests and power, former prime minister Péter Boross said at the start of the revolution’s commemorations on Tuesday, in front of a memorial near Budapest’s Technical University.
Older generations have a duty to pass on that awareness to the younger generations, Boross said.
Speaking at the university, Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics said Hungarian youth “drove the first nails into communism’s coffin” in 1956. Those serving the communist party were wrong in thinking they had forever ruined Hungarians, he said, and this mistake “shook the whole regime”, he said.
Commemorations will continue with the traditional torch-lit march to Bem square, where concerts will conclude the day’s celebration.
At another celebration at the Kiscelli Museum, Finance Minister Mihály Varga said a small nation turned against the most powerful army of the world in 1956. The message of the commemoration is that Hungarians are a “freedom-loving nation that is willing and capable of deciding over its own fate”, he said.
On October 23, the national flag will be hoisted in a ceremony in front of Parliament at 9am, ahead of day-long programmes on Kossuth Square and other venues. The traditional “Freedom concert” at the Millenáris events venue will conclude the commemorations in the evening.