Hungarian radio broke a decades-long taboo Saturday, broadcasting a speech first made by Prime Minister Imre Nagy on the day Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest to suppress the 1956 rebellion.

The radio also aired the view of a leading communist historian that the rebellion was a popular uprising which became a struggle for independence from the Soviet Union, in contrast to the official portrayal of the incident as a counterrevolution."Today at daybreak Soviet forces started an attack against our capital, obviously with the intention to overthrow the legal Hungarian democratic government," said Nagy, who was executed for his role in the rebellion, in his speech first broadcast early on Nov. 4, 1956.

"Our troops are fighting. The government is in its place. I notify the people of our country and the entire world of this fact," said Nagy, his voice cracking with emotion.