The 23rd of October is the day of commemoration of the revolution in 1956 against the Soviet occupation and the communist dictatorship in Hungary. Members of European Parliament from four nations share their thoughts on the importance of this historic event for the whole of Europe.
The Hungarian revolutionaries were the first who showed the world that Central Europe was occupied and not liberated by the Soviet troops. Katalin Cseh (Momentum, Hungary) welcomes the fact that the heroes of 1956 set an example not only in Hungary, but everywhere around Europe. Michal Šimečka (Progressive Slovakia) highlights that what happened in Budapest served as an inspiration for the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia in 1968, and Claudia Gamon (NEOS, Austria) reveals that she has always been impressed by the history of the revolution and by the courage of the people who took part in it.