1956 anniversary to be marked with only two state events

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, only two state events will be held this year to commemorate Hungary's 1956 uprising against Soviet rule, Zoltan Kovacs, the state secretary for international communications, said on Wednesday.

The national flag will be hoisted with military honours in a ceremony beginning at 9am in front of Parliament, he said in a statement. The other event will be the presentation of Hungarian state awards.

Otherwise, on Oct. 22 a laser show will be projected on to the Foreign Ministry building, he said.

Between Oct. 22 and Nov. 4, photos marking the most important sites of the freedom fight will be shown around Budapest, Kovacs said.

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