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On 23 October 1956 students and teachers of several universities met at the statue of Sándor Petőfi and - joined by more an more people - marched to the Bem square where they read their claims. They cut out the Russian style emblem out of the Hungarian flag, creating the symbol of the revolution against the communist dictatorship.
These were the first steps that led to revolution of 1956.
We remember our heros!
In 1956, in two days a whole nation stood up against the communist dictatorship. The fire and hope lived only for 19 days, but the sacrifice was not in vain. The heroes of '56 set the foundations of a free and strong Hungary.
Since 1957, it has been a well-established tradition in Brussels that each year, together with the Hungarian Community, we remember the heroes of the Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956.
This October, 64 years after the events, a commemorative mass was organised at the St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral.
After the mass, with the honourable presence of the Hungarian Ambassadors and soldiers, a commemorative speech and wreath laying took place at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier.
Photo (c): MTI, HCI.