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Weather Vane to Replace Red Star Atop Parliament

November 7, 1989

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ The red star atop Hungary’s neo-gothic parliament building will be replaced next year by a weather vane, which adorned the structure before the Communist takeover.

The government decided this year to remove the red star - the symbol of Communist dominance - from all public buildings as part of Hungary’s democratic reforms.

The state news agency MTI said Tuesday the parliamentary office has asked for those interested in the contract to remove the star to submit bids by Nov. 20.

The light in the star was extinguished last month and the star will come down in spring.

MTI said the removal would cost about $66,000. Officials would like to reassemble the 1.6 ton steel star on the ground for exhibition. An army helicopter might be used to help remove it, MTI said. The spherical weather vane that crowned the building before the Communist takeover will resume its place atop the building’s dome.

During the 1956 anti-Stalinist revolt in Hungary, the rebels tried to pull the star down, but MTI noted that ″the stunt, which would have tested the skills of steeplejacks, failed.″

Church restorers and roofers were among those who have indicated interest in bidding for the contract, MTI said.

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