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Polish Sejm Speaker Pays Tribute to Hungarian Martyrs of ‘Prague Spring’

2018.08.22.

Marek Kuchciński, Speaker of the lower house of the Polish parliament Sejm, paid tribute to the two Hungarian martyrs of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, known as the “Prague Spring” in a tweet marking the 50th anniversary of the end of the period.

Kuchciński wrote in the tweet honoring the memory of the martyrs who lit themselves on fire in protest of the invasion:

Czechs Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc, Pole Ryszard Siwiec and Hungarians Sándor Bauer and Márton Moyses burned like live torches.

Sándor Bauer, an auto-mechanic student from Budapest, was just 17 years-old when he set himself on fire on January 20, 1969 in front of the National Museum following the examples of Palach and Siwiec before him, while Márton Moyses from Transylvania set himself ablaze in front of the Romanian Communist Party headquarters in Brasov (Brassó) on February 13, 1970.

This year, on July 20, the Sejm passed a resolution honoring the memory of the victims of the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia and communism.