The 50th anniversary celebrations of the Hungarian uprising have begun with an ecumenical mass in Budapest. Heads of state from across the world are travelling to Hungary for two days of ceremonies. Socialist prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany will be hoping the festivities will enable him to move on from the row over his confession that he lied to win April’s general election.
It was on 23 October 1956 that an urprising of students and intellectuals escalated into a full-scale rebellion against Soviet rule. At least 2,600 died when tanks were sent in to crush the revolt.
Many observers argue that Hungary has still to come to terms with the uprising. No secret police files dating back to that time have ever been published.