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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:11 PM
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Riots mar Hungary 1956 uprising commemoration
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 05:11 PM by NNN0LHI
There is a joke in that headline somewhere.

http://www.swissinfo.org/eng/international/ticker/detai...

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of anti-government protesters on Monday, marring commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the country's 1956 uprising against Soviet rule.

Police also used water cannon and some protesters lobbed stones and other missiles at them. The ambulance service said that 20-25 people had been injured, although no one was seriously hurt. One policeman was stabbed in the hand.

Protesters took to the streets more than a month ago following the admission by Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany in a leaked speech that he lied about the economy to win national elections in April.

As police pushed the crowd of mostly far-right protesters back towards a rally by the main right of centre Fidesz opposition and further away from parliament, demonstrators seized a Soviet-era T-34 tank -- on show for the commemorations -- and drove it at police.
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brainy Donating Member (38 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:31 PM
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1. "...mostly far-right protesters'
Hmmm.... THINK, NOW, THINK...
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rinsd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:33 PM
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2. That last line is so deliciously poetic
"demonstrators seized a Soviet-era T-34 tank -- on show for the commemorations -- and drove it at police"

If only it tweren;t neo-nazi scum bags...sigh.
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phoebe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:45 PM
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3. look who's interested in Hungary now
http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID...

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Bush nominates S. Salem woman for ambassador to Hungary position
By SEAN GORMAN
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Origianal publication: April 29, 2006)

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LEWISBORO President Bush has nominated South Salem resident April H. Foley to become the U.S. ambassador to Hungary.

The president announced this week that he had selected Foley, who is the former first vice president and vice chairwoman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which helps finance exports of U.S. goods to foreign countries.


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Foley became a bank board member in 2003 and later served as its first vice president and vice chairman until July 20 last year. Before her tenure at the bank, Foley worked for 17 years for Purchase-based PepsiCo, where she was the director of business planning and corporate strategy. In the mid-1990s, she also served as director of strategy for the Reader's Digest Association in New Castle.
(all tied to Bush)

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Some press reports have stated that Foley dated President Bush while the two were at Harvard. Before the announcement, Conservative Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak wrote that Bush "frustrated in efforts to make ex-girlfriend April Foley the head of the Export-Import Bank" decided to name her to the ambassador post without publicizing it.

As if the Hungarians haven't had enough to deal with in their recent history...

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