Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Final words on the Budapest riots

[Warning: The pictures in this posting are highly unpleasant and not for readers with a nervous disposition.]

As Hungary is shaking itself after another lot of October events (as the 1956 uprising was known euphemistically for many years in the country) and promising to have a budget that will “contain measures required by the European Union”, it might be worth taking another look at the last few weeks for, although this was not another 1956 (and Gyurcsány may be a less than totally honest individual and politician but he is no Mátyás Rákosy) the events have shaken Eastern Europe and the EU more than somewhat.

The second demonstration on November 4, anniversary of the Soviet tanks’ return to Budapest did not come to much. It seems that about 1,000 people gathered in Vörösmarty Square, which just happens to have one of the best cafes and patisseries in Budapest, to remember and also to demand various completely unachievable matters, such as the abrogation of the Treaty of Trianon, which in 1920 created a much smaller Hungary than it had ever been before. Two thirds of Hungarian territory and something half of her people found themselves in other countries, two of which, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia no longer exist, but the erstwhile Hungarian lands remain in “foreign hands”.

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