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Peaceful Protests Mark Anniversary of Soviet Crackdown in Hungary


Peaceful anti-government protests in Budapest have marked the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union's crackdown on a Hungarian uprising against Soviet rule.

About 20,000 people marched with torches through the capital, paying tribute to the 2,800 victims of the 1956 uprising.

Police already were on alert after rioting occurred two weeks ago. In the melee, officers used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets against hundreds of protesters. A total of 167 people were injured.

Activists have been protesting in Hungary since September to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, after he was heard on a leaked audiotape admitting that he lied repeatedly about the state of the country's economy in order to win re-election.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.