The Hungarian revolution was a failed anti-Soviet revolution attempt by students and workers that began with a public demonstration and escalated into civil warfare. The ordeal began as a student demonstration in central Budapest during which they announced sixteen demands, including the evacuation of the Soviet government. When these were rejected, the students tore down a statue of Stalin near Városliget, the city park. Hungary achieved freedom for 5 days before the Soviet army reseized control through violent means. Although the protest was not successful, the event was influential and ultimately contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union.