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The 74th anniversary of the “liberation” of Budapest was marked on Wednesday at an event organised by the Hungarian Federation of Resistance Fighters and Antifascists (MEASZ).
MEASZ leader Vilmos Hanti said at the event that fascism was defeated by military means 74 years ago but the ideology of fascism has survived and strengthened in recent years. All efforts must be made to join forces “to restore democracy and a constitutional state”, he added. Csaba Horváth, a Socialist city representative, said that “just like in 1945, Budapest needs to be liberated again.” The victims of the siege of Budapest were commemorated by Socialist MEP Tibor Szanyi and party lawmaker Dezső Hiszékeny. The WW2 siege of Budapest ended on February 13, 1945.