Speaker of Parliament László Kövér initiated the joint statement, “asking every Hungarian to bow in honour to the victims and heroes of the revolution together, wherever in the world they might be”, a statement from parliament’s press office said on Monday. The document was signed by ruling Fidesz and the allied Christian Democrats, the radical nationalist Jobbik and the opposition LMP parties.
The Socialists refrained from signing, saying the declaration could be signed under normal circumstances but “the reality today” was different.
The declaration states that the 1956 revolution and freedom fight is one of the most important and elevated moments of the history of the Hungarian nation. “Sixty years ago the nation united to shake off the shackles of an oppressing power and pay testimony to a free and democratic Hungary,” the document said.