Budapest, Riot or Commemoration?


If the brutality really took place in Budapest to which the demonstrators were subjected, it seems that history is repeating itself in a country that fought for decades to dismantle despotic communist regimes. Just as the demonstrators were crashed by the communist army 50 years ago, the same happened to demonstrators in free Hungary.

It sounds queer that in Europe that should be a model for freedom, brutality still take place. The old guard mentality seems to be still hovering over dealing with public unrest using indiscriminate methods to disperse –be it hooligans or demonstrators.

Today Budapest is calm can mean that the Soviet style can easily put uprising to an end, contrary to previous incidents in Liverpool and Paris which took weeks to end.

The question remains if excessive force is justified in a country that has become an EU member, bound by its human rights values.

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