During the 2006 October 23. Budapest Revolution Anniversary events there were some riots in Budapest streets. The first thing was some protesters stole a tank used in the 1956 revolution. The tank was on the street from a museum for the anniversary event. The tank driver was an old man who could drive the tank. Fortunately the tank has only minimal fuel so he could drive it for only 200 meters far.
The police arrested him and the other riots started to â€œdemonstrateâ€. The policemen had to use tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon to disperse crowds of rioters on the street.
This happened on the Deak Ferenc square. I just go up from the subway and saw this battle of policemen and rioters. I hardly take a breath because of the tear gas in the subway station.
After this I went to the direction of the Astoria.
At the Astoria (it is a crossing in Budapest and the name of the Astoria Hotel there) a big counter party event held by the FIDESZ many people there. After a while the event started to disperse and started to transform a Budapest riot demonstration against the MSZP and Ferenc Gyurcsany Prime Minister of Hungary.
Tear gas in the air at Ferenciek tere Budapest.
Some more tear gas from the police
At the Ferenciek tere some rioters started to raise a barricade on the street.
Stuff for the barricade from a building reconstruction.
The guy was wearing ski glasses against the tear gas
The barricade was done on the Ferenciek sqare
Ferenciek Square is situated on the Pest bank of the Danube near to the Elizabeth Bridge, the bridge was closed from traffic.
The reporter of the RTL Klub at the demonstration (one of the big commercial TV channel in Hungary)
Motor riders on the Elizabeth Bridge
The group of policemen on the Nyugati square in front of the Western Railway Station (Nyugati palyaudvar)
There were other brutal destruction in Budapest by rioters on the Blaha Lujza square and the Rakoczi street.
The rioters started to raise a barricade on the other side of the Elizabeth Bridge to block the way from the other group of policemen coming from the other side.
A Google Earth image about the scenes of the above Budapest night photos.
Budapest Riot â€“ Budapest Demonstration