Hungary marks the 64th anniversary of the revolution against Soviet occupation. It all started 23rd October 1956 as a peaceful university students’ demonstration. From small beginnings it grew into a mass demonstration.
The reaction by the communist leaders was cruel and bloody. they used guns – something which stirred the protesters to use violence in return.
This all led to the failure of the government, the back down of the Soviet troops and, most importantly, the beginning of the establishment of democratic change. Sadly, change didn’t last long.
On 4th November a large Soviet force invaded Hungary without any warning. There were tanks all over Budapest, killing people and destroying several buildings.
It was a brutal war where many people died, with around 2500 Hungarians and 700 Soviets losing their lives. Over 200,000 people eventually fled to the West to escape the hardline communist regime.