By the mid 1950’s the Hungarians were tired of the oppressive Soviet Rule. A failed revolt (it lasted only two weeks) was lead by Imir Nagy. Unfortunately he died during the revolt. It wasn’t until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980’s that Hungary finally won their independence and were able to honor Imir properly.
This memorial sits near Parliament. Nagy’s head is turned toward the West and democracy, with his back to the East and the Soviet Union. The bridge he stands on is slippery, even on a nice day it is hard to walk across conveying the idea that the road to democracy is challenging. .