Oct
23
2008

Riots on Empty Streets

So October 23rd is an important day in Hungary.

  • In 1944, the Soviet Red Army invaded Hungary on this day.
  • In 1956, there was a massive student uprising against the Stalinist government on this day.
  • In 1989, Hungary was declared a Republic on this day.

While the National Day is an important day of celebration, it’s also seen as an opportunity to protest.  In 2006 there was a massive protest which turned into a riot.

Articles with titles like “New surveys suggest Hungarians much more sensible than they will seem during tomorrow’s riots“, the very recent crash of the Hungarian Forint against the Euro and USD, seemed to suggest that there might be some action on the streets today.  But there wasn’t much.  Perhaps it was the dreary weather?  Perhaps people just took the day off.  When I was out walking this morning I noted endless Hungarian flags, but the streets were almost completely empty.  Just a few confused tourists trying to figure out why everything was closed.  A strange silence.

Written by Christopher Baker in: News |

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