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Tens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets in Budapest to celebrate new freedoms in one of the largest displays of nationalist sentiment since the anti-Soviet uprising in 1956. It was the first time in 41 years that Communist officials had made a public legal holiday of the March 15 anniversary of Hungary’s unsuccessful revolt against Austria in 1848. A 12-point declaration calling for more freedom and independence was read at a large rally in front of the Hungarian state television offices. The declaration also demanded the withdrawal of Soviet troops, a multi-party political system and freedom of speech and the press.


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