3.Dissolution of the AVH (Hungarian Secret Police 1946-1956) 4.The formation of a multi-party system
5.The removal of Stalin’s statue in Budapest
6.Hungary’s withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact
They voiced their concerns to no avail and then wanted to take to the streets of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, to hold a peaceful march to bring attention to their demands. At first the government prohibited the march but later the same day changed their minds and allowed the march to occur, but only under strict instructions not to use any force.
On October 23rd, the students from Szeged came to Budapest to start the march on the east side of the Danube River (the west side is Buda and the east side is Pest) at a statue of Sandor Petofi, a hero-poet from the 1948 revolution. The students marched across the Margit Bridge (which honors another 1948 hero Josef Bem) where they met up with the students from the university. Along their way to the Hungarian Parliament building they were joined by workers who were just...