Bertalan Tóth, co-leader of the opposition Socialist Party (MSZP), gave a speech ahead of Hungary’s October 23 national holiday in which he insisted that the Hungarian people were “fighting a quiet war of independence” against the “repressive” governing Fidesz party.
In the speech in Kaposvár, the hometown of Imre Nagy, the martyred prime minister of 1956, Tóth said in October 1956 the Hungarian people had revolted against fear, injustice and oppression.
In the speech streamed on the Socialist Party’s Facebook page, he added that Hungarians were still subject to “an oppressive power”. The local council election last October, he said in front of the memorial to Nagy, showed that “Hungarian democrats” were strong enough to “defeat dictatorship”.
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