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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 3, March 1956 - File 024. 1956-03. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 18, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/979/show/933.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 3, March 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date March 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
Rights No Copyright - United States: This item is in the public domain in the United States and may be used freely in the United States. The item may not be in the public domain under the copyright laws of other countries.
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Transcript — to bring FOCUS planning into accord with specific Hungarian conditions. . . . The chief objectives of FOCUS were: 1. To capitalize on, and intensify, the difficulties of the Hungarian regime—specifically the economic strains generated by the old augmented Five Year Plan, the apparent instability of the agricultural and industrial "fronts," and the decline of party- morale and discipline. 2. To restore the national unity of opposition forces in Hungary which had been "atomized" by seven years of Communist exploitation, class warfare, and censorship of all communications media. 3. To provide the slowly emerging opposition forces (the NEM) with a clear and effective voice, expressing the Hungarian people's own wishes in a concise and realistic opposition platform of "Twelve Demands." Briefly, these demands were: 1. Real Autonomy for the Local Councils; 2. Free Speech — Free Assembly; 3. The Rule of Law, Not the Reign of the Partv; 4. The Land Belongs to Those Who Till It; 5. Free Trade Unions for Free Workers; 6. An End to Industrial Slavery; 7. Production for Hungary's Well-Being; 8. Living Standards Must Be liaised: 9. Services to the People in the Hands of the People; 10. Homes. Not Barracks; 11. Equality of Education — Free Intellectual Life; 12. Freedom of Worship and of Conscience. COMMUNIST REGIMES CAMPAIGN AGAINST BALLOON OPERATIONS [As in the case of Operation VETO, the Communist regime unleashed an intensive counter-propaganda campaign against Operation FOCUS, including the sending of official protests to the LTnited States government, who rejected them as absurd, and made public its reply.] The Hungarian government accused the U. S. government of violating international law by permitting the Operation to be launched from U. S.-controlled territory in Germany, and demanded that steps be taken to put a stop to the campaign and call to account those who were responsible for it. . . . On December 20, 19.54, the Hungarian protest note of October 15 was answered by the United States government in a reply emphatically endorsing not only the FOCUS operation as such, but the "Twelve Demands." one by one. The following extracts have been taken from the note of reply: .... Since this matter was called to its attention, the Covernment of the United States has obtained copies of Page 22 THIS RAILROAD ONCE WENT SOMEWHERE But not any more. The Iron Curtain has descended across its tracks. the balloon leaflets and carefully examined their content. These leaflets suggest only that the people of Hungary employ legal means to achieve realization of rights theoretically assured them by their Constitution and, in many instances, explicitly guaranteed under the Treaty of Peace The Government of the United States is at a loss, therefore, to understand the basis of the Hungarian government's concern, and more specifically on what grounds it apparently finds repugnant the points made in the leal lets that the Hungarian government could improve the condition of the Hungarian people. . . ." The note continued: ". . . . The United States government does not believe that any of the suggestions can be considered as either 'inciting,' 'slanderous,' or 'seditious.' Certain of the highest officials of the Hungarian government apparently share this belief, as in recent months they publicly criticized present conditions in Hungary, including references to flagrant abuses of police power and judicial processes as well as deep- seated economic ills and political t' sions. The leaflets in question n"'1.1 j make suggestions concerning pract"( means whereby some admitted sh" comings may be corrected. . . ." The note concluded: j " The United States govern"1' hopes that the day will come "'",. balloons will no longer be necesaO ~. a means by which people of "^ country may freely communicate * ■, peoples in other lands. Presumably is within the power of the Hung^j government to take the neces*^ remedial action. Should the H'"^i rian government, in conformity N\,, the obligations it assumed toward J United States and other signatories Article Two of the Treaty of P('^ ,tf! establish freedom of discussion, °P ion. and assembly within the coU^ and, in accordance with the sp'f'.j that Article and the above-p1.^ UNESCO resolution, remove eP* ' barriers to free interchange wi"l (i)| outside world, the need for frie""( the Hungarian people to resort t" conventional means of commUp^f| tions will no longer exist." Facts Forum News, March,
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