on politics and free speech

there have been lots of protests going on these past months, about the current government. on october 23rd, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1956 revolution (failed uprising against the russians), thousands of hungarians took to the streets protesting the current prime minister. a museum had put a tank out on the street as an icon of the revolution. well, a 70-year-old ex-soldier who’d fought in the uprising 50 years ago, brought a car battery from home, hooked it up to the tank, jumpstarted it, climbed in and drove it through downtown budapest directly at the riot-police, inciting tear-gas and rubber bullets onto the previously peaceful crowd. after 300 yards or so he ran out of gas.

you can laugh at that, but the revolution itself is a serious matter here. i’ve been learning about the u.s.’s role in it- how we encouraged the instigators in the name of democracy, promised support, and then did absolutely nothing while the u.s.s.r. rolled in with tanks killing thousands and dropping the iron curtain for 30-odd years. there’s a new movie out about it- szabadsag szerelem (freedom love)- if anyone’s interested.

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~ by aliciawolcott on November 4, 2006.

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