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Hungarians can only count on themselves, as demonstrated by the events of November 4, 1956, a government official said on Friday, marking the national day of mourning in remembrance of the crushing of the anti-Communist uprising in 1956. Árpád János Potápi, the state secretary for policies for Hungarians across the borders, said in Dombóvár, in southern Hungary, that although the United Nations had then condemned the Russian intervention into the Hungarian revolution, “Hungary received no meaningful help”. “We could learn then that we are only entitled to what we fight for ourselves,” he said. The victims of the uprising included some 3,000 dead, 20,000 injured, hundreds of executed revolutionaries, tens of thousands of ruined people and some 200,000 exiles, he said.
Referring to the Fidesz rule since 2010, Potápi said the past 12 years had shown “that if we stand together, we can do anything.” National cohesion was strengthened, but was now threatened by “the war on our doorstep”, he said. “That is why we need peace. Peace is what will curb the crisis caused by wartime sanctions,” he said.