Thursday, September 21, 2006

As you may already know from previous posts that I am Hungarian. Born in Budapest and escaped during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. We are coming up on the 50th anniversary of the Revolution. I'm going to post some pictures and stories to honor that huge event in my life.

But first I need to talk about the Crisis happening in Hungary politically. I am so sad to see these pictures coming out of Budapest..

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Opposition parties Monday demanded the resignation of the prime minister after he admitted in leaked comments that his government had "lied in the morning, in the evening and at night" about the state of the economy. In a recording made in May and leaked Sunday, Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany told deputies of his Socialist Party that they had to end their duplicitous ways. Gyurcsany said that Hungary had managed to keep its economy afloat only thanks to "divine providence, the abundance of cash in the world economy and hundreds of tricks." "I almost died because for a year and a half, we had to pretend that we were governing. Instead, we lied in the morning, in the evening and at night. I don't want to do this anymore," Gyurcsany is heard saying on the tape. President Laszlo Solyom said there was a "moral crisis" in Hungary and called on the prime minister to recognize that he had jeopardized people's faith in democracy. At the same time, hundreds of protesters remained outside parliament, also calling for Gyurcsany's ouster.

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