Budapest

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In October of 1956, the Hungarian people had had enough of Soviet rule. Having watched Poland become essentially free in acting, the Hungarians wanted freedom. On October 23, students and workers gathered in the streets and protested Communist rule. The protesters demanded that Imre Nagy be promoted to Premier of Hungary, which The Communist party did. However, Nagy pushed the Revolution too far, declaring Hungary was withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact. The government split after that announcement, and the Soviets entered the city on November 4. The soldiers started killing any and every revolutionary, including wounded, and dragging bodies behind their tanks as warnings to other revolutionists. The fighting was vicious, but short. The revolution was over by the 7th.

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