In a “guerilla act,” opposition party Momentum covered the Soviet monument in Budapest’s Freedom Square with a twenty-meter-long Hungarian flag.
The monument is one of the most shameful statues in the country, said Momentum politician Dávid Bedő, one which “falsely presents the Soviet occupying troops as the liberators of the country.”
In a video shared on the party president’s Facebook page, the Momentum MP stated that ruling party Fidesz is assisting to make sure this symbol continues to stand in one of Budapest’s main squares.
Another of the party’s MPs, Lajos Lőcsei, said that the Soviet monument is used to falsify Russian history today, as the Russian government still refers to Hungary’s 1956 uprising as a “counter-revolutionary coup.”
“There was no price too high for the Soviet authorities to stifle and suppress the Hungarians’ desire for freedom,” said Momentum President Ferenc Gelencsér in the short video. And 66 years after the revolution, “the country is plastered with Russian propaganda paid for by Hungarian taxpayers’ money.”
“There is no place in Hungary for a monument to the Soviet occupation,” Gelencsér declared. [Telex]