In fact, the Hungarians had expected more but they did not get it.
A confrontation between Soviet and Hungarian teams occurred in the semi-final match of the water polo tournament. Hungary was immediately subjected to merciless repression, and hundreds of thousands of Hungarians fled to the West.
Many other people were the victims of similar action. The most famous man to criticise the Russians was released from prison — Cardinal Mindszenty.
The events in Hungary produced ideological fractures within the communist parties of Western Europe. This was pushing the Russians too far and Kadar left the government in disgust and established a rival government in eastern Hungary which was supported by Soviet tanks.
The hour for action has sounded.
Soviet rule was re-established. Writers and journalists were the first to voice open criticism of the government and its policies, publishing critical articles in Tanks dragged round bodies through the streets of Budapest as a warning to others who were still protesting.
The Hungarian Revolution lasted from 23 October until 11 Novemberwhen Soviet forces quashed the last pockets of armed resistance in the capital city. The workers' councils strove to manage the enterprise whilst protecting workers' interests; thus establishing a socialist economy free of rigid party control.
The victims were labeled as " Titoists ", "western agents", or " Trotskyists " for as insignificant a crime as spending time in the West to participate in the Spanish Civil War.
In Budapest, the Soviets were eventually fought to a stand-still and hostilities began to wane.