Budapest, Hungary - gricketts
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Hero's Square

On October 23, 1956, thousands of people took to the streets of Budapest to protest one party rule established by the Soviet Union. The statue of Stalin was pulled down, and a new leader appointed. The Soviet Union responded with military force, killing thousands of people, arresting thousands more, and thus forcefully ending the revolution.

Two days before the Republic of Hungary joined the European Union in 2004, the Budapest city council revoked Stalin's 1947 honorary citizenship, granted in recognition of his liberation of Hungary from the Germans at the end of World War II.

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