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Hungary’s pains

A senior member of Hungary's opposition explains why, 50 years after the anti-Soviet uprising, Hungarians are back on the streets

By prospect   December 2006

50 years ago, Hungary’s revolution brought it to the centre of world attention. This September saw another crisis in the country, when the left-wing prime minister, Ferenc Gyurcsány, was caught admitting to having lied to his country for years in order to win re-election. On 17th September, a recording was released of a closed-door meeting of Gyurcsány’s MSZP party, dating from May, in which he told his fellow members that they had only won the general election, held a month earlier, by lying about the state of Hungary’s economy.

Mass demonstrations and protests followed, some of which turned ugly and…

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