Respect for the heroes, shame on those who let us down

"Radio Free Europe, the icon of freedom of the press, was blasting that help was on the way, perhaps the most glaring example of fake news in Hungarian media history. We now know the painful truth: no one came to help, they let us down," the the foreign minister wrote on his website on the national holiday commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

NAGYVILÁG English 2021. OKTÓBER 23. 13:04

Sixty-five years ago, the Hungarians put up a heroic fight against the shockingly superior power of the communist dictatorship. The stake of the struggle was freedom. We, Hungarians, wanted to belong to the free world even then, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto wrote on social media on the 65th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. He added, however, that the free world let the Hungarians down. “Radio Free Europe, the icon of freedom of the press, was blasting that help was on the way, perhaps the most glaring example of fake news in Hungarian media history. We now know the painful truth: no one came to help, they let us down,” he wrote.

The Hungarians thus lost the fight for freedom, and with it they also lost the freedom of the more than three decades that followed, he emphasized. “We have lost tens and hundreds of thousands of people: those who died a heroic death, those who were crippled for the rest of their lives, those who were forced to flee and those who have not been able to return home.”

The same was the fate of many national heroes who brought glory and joy to Hungary as athletes during those difficult and sad years, the minister added. “Olympic, world and European champions donned the national team’s jersey in distant parts of the world, but wherever they competed, they remained proud of being Hungarian. Their goals and victories gave the people of Hungary a moment of relief and hope. Provided that they were informed about those victories, of course… ”

The foreign minister concluded his post with the message:

“Respect for the heroes, shame on those who let us down, long live the free Hungary!”