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Opposition lambasted for its 23 October demonstrations

Thursday, October 26th, 2023

A pro-government news site condemns opposition demonstrators for their ’unserious’ behaviour on the anniversary of the 1956 revolution. READ MORE

Opposing takes on the PM’s 23 October speech

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

A pro-government pundit and a liberal analyst both identify Mr Orbán’s words about the European Union as the core message of his address on the 67th anniversary of the 1956 revolution. READ MORE

Weeklies on Poland and 1956

Monday, October 23rd, 2023

The Hungarian revolution on 23 October 1956, started with demonstrations of solidarity with the Polish revolt against communism in Poznan. For a short time, the two peoples were on the same wavelength. Today that is not the case, since PM Orbán’s Polish allies were voted out of office in last Sunday’s elections. READ MORE

Russian history textbook calls 1956 Revolution a ‘fascist rebellion’

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

Opposition-leaning outlets urge the government to protest, while a pro-government commentator claims that the government side has never considered Russia a friend. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s October 23 address

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

A pro-government columnist agrees with the Prime Minister that the West betrayed Hungary in 1956, while a liberal author believes Mr Orbán would have been better advised to dwell at more at length on the role of the Soviet Union in crushing the revolution. READ MORE

Weeklies on the anniversary of the 1956 revolution

Monday, October 24th, 2022

Opposition-leaning weeklies excoriate the Prime Minister’s latest remarks comparing the war in Ukraine to the Russian invasion of Hungary in 1956. A pro-government commentator advises Hungarians to draw strength from the example of the revolution in facing today’s hardships. READ MORE

Klára Dobrev calls for demonstrations on 23 October

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

A pro-government pundit describes the appeal launched by the ‘shadow prime minister’ of the Democratic Coalition as an expression of ‘communist impudence’. READ MORE

1956 in 2021

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

In their speeches on October 23, both Prime Minister Orbán and the leaders of the opposition claimed that they are the true heirs of the 1956 freedom fighters. READ MORE

Pro-government weeklies on the anti-Gyurcsány movie film

Monday, October 25th, 2021

Pro-government film producer Gábor Kálomista’s new thriller on the street clashes and brutal police clampdown before and on the anniversary of the 1956 revolution in 2006 is proving a great success among the pro-government public. 15 years after the controversial events took place with Ferenc Gyurcsány as Prime Minister, remembering those days has been one of the main themes of this year’s celebration of the anniversary on the government side. (For the 2006 riots, see e.g., BudaPost, September 5, 2011.) READ MORE

65 after 56

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

On the 65th anniversary of the 1956 revolution, a left-wing commentator and his right-wing counterpart draw diametrically opposing lessons for the present from the history of the popular uprising. READ MORE