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Whistles disturb Hungary commemorations of 1956 revolution

  • Hungarian opposition party Egyutt (Together) distributes whistles and symbolic red cards meant to disrupt Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s speech at commemorations of Hungary’s 1956 anti-Soviet revolution in Budapest, Sunday Oct. 23, 2016. Polish President Andrzej Duda is a guest of the government’s memorial event, while opposition groups are protesting Orban’s autocratic tendencies.  (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi)

    Hungarian opposition party Egyutt (Together) distributes whistles and symbolic red cards meant to disrupt Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s speech at commemorations of Hungary’s 1956 anti-Soviet revolution in Budapest, Sunday Oct. 23, 2016. Polish President Andrzej Duda is a guest of the government’s memorial event, while opposition groups are protesting Orban’s autocratic tendencies. (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his address during the state commemoration ceremony of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight against communism and Soviet rule in front of the Parliament building in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising.  Banner erads: The Year if Hungarian Freedom. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his address during the state commemoration ceremony of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight against communism and Soviet rule in front of the Parliament building in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising. Banner erads: The Year if Hungarian Freedom. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban steps on the podium to deliver his address during the state commemoration ceremony of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight against communism and Soviet rule in front of the Parliament building in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban steps on the podium to deliver his address during the state commemoration ceremony of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight against communism and Soviet rule in front of the Parliament building in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Opponents of Prime Minister Viktor Orban are using referee whistles to disturb the government's commemorations of Hungary's 1956 revolution.

Opposition politicians say Orban's policies, like his deal for Russia to build new reactors at Hungary's only nuclear power plant, go against the spirit of the brief, but bloody anti-Soviet uprising.

The Egyutt (Together) opposition party distributed whistles for its supporters to sound at the memorial event outside the Hungarian Parliament on Sunday along with symbolic red cards.

Peter Juhasz, the party's vice president, says "Orban's policies are exactly the kind which Hungarians rebelled against in 1956."

Orban's critics accuse him of weakening Hungary's system of democratic checks and balances.

Polish President Andrzej Duda also is scheduled to speak at the commemoration.