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Bush In Hungary To Commemorate 1956 Uprising

Bodies on a Budapest street after the suppression of the Hungarian Uprising in 1956 (ITAR-TASS) June 22, 2006 -- U.S. President George W. Bush is in Budapest today to pay tribute to the victims of the 1956 uprising against communist rule in Hungary.

Bush will meet Hungary's top leaders and lay a wreath at the 1956 monument to the anti-Soviet uprising in front of parliament.

Soviet forces suppressed the uprising with tanks and troops.

The White House says Bush will give a speech to praise Hungary's "successful transition from tyranny to free-market democracy."

Communist rule lasted until 1989, when Hungary was instrumental in bringing down the Berlin Wall by allowing East Germans to flee to the West over its border.

(compiled from agency reports)