Hungarians remember Imre Nagy, hero of ’56, as Orban tightens grip

Only a few hundred people were present to commemorate the anniversary of the execution of Imre Nagy on Sunday morning in Budapest, a far cry from 30 years ago when his reburial drew more than 100,000 people to the city’s Heroes Square. Nagy, a communist reformer, had wanted to implement a less hardline version of communism, but Moscow sent in tanks in 1956 to crush the revolt. He was arrested and hanged on 16 June 1958. His reburial, on the same day in 1989, would come to be seen as perhaps the key event that heralded the end of communism in Hungary. It was also the first time in which a fiery young liberal politician, Viktor Orbán, entered the limelight, giving a rousing oration on the…