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October 23 celebrations to take place in Budapest, Zalaegerszeg

Central commemorations of the 1956 anti-Soviet revolt will take place this year in Budapest and Zalaegerszeg, in western Hungary, the state secretary for international communications and relations told the public media on Thursday, ahead of the October 23 national holiday.

Zoltan Kovacs said all preparations had been made to celebrate the anniversary “with due dignity”.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban will mark the holiday in Zalaegerszeg, and address the inauguration ceremony of a new visitors’ centre presenting the life of the late Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, said Kovacs, who is head of the operative board overseeing the celebrations.

Celebrations will start on the afternoon of Oct. 22, with a traditional commemoration in front of the Technical University, to be followed by a torchlight walk starting at 4pm to Bem Square, the site of another commemoration an hour later.

On Sunday, ceremonies will start in the morning by hoisting the national flag in front of Parliament, Kovacs said.

The prime minister will speak in Zalaegerszeg at 10.30am, he added.

Kovacs said there would be some 400 commemorations nationwide, including “just a few political demonstrations”.

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