October 23 is a national holiday in remebreance of the outbreak of the uprising against the Stalinist style regime on this day in 1956 and the ensuing revolution. Speakers at different rallies this Saturday used the occasion to speak to their supporters with view to the parliamnetary elections due next spring.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, President of the ruling Fidesz party, wasted little time talking about the revolutionary events of 65 years ago, but spoke rather about the events of 15 years ago. In 2006, police were needed to control the rioting protesters who had also invaded the headquarters of Hungarian Television. In Viktor Orbán's interpretation, "in this place where we are standing, 15 years ago, the streets were covered with violence, blood and tears, we will never forget them".
In his speech, Orbán also compared Ferenc Gyurcsány, who was prime minister in 2006, to the wolf in sheep's clothing. According to Orbán, the left is now "plotting and scheming". The prime minister claimed that it has been his government in the past 11 years that helped Hungary recover from the destruction of the country by left-wing governments before 2010.
The pther major speaker of the day was Péter Márky-Zay, the mayor of the SE Hungarian town of Hódmezővásárhely, who has recently been elected in opposition primaries to challenge Viktor Orbán and his regime at next year's parliemantary elections.
He began his speech by saying that Hungarians in 1956 were fed up with wiretapping, surveillance, mock-up trials, Russian influence, and "we have had enough of that now". Later, he spoke about the revolution of the little ones, about accountability, and he said that the only question in the election will be Fidesz or no Fidesz.
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