Article 1988-09-06 Budapest, Hungary

Amnesty Rock Tour Performs in Budapest

A capacity crowd of 81,000 that included Prime Minister Karoly Grosz and other Hungarian Communist officials attended an all-star concert Tuesday night at Nep Stadium, the only Eastern European stop on the rock tour organized by Amnesty International to promote human rights.

Bruce Springsteen, dressed in black, played for nearly two hours. Spectators, many traveling from other countries across the Soviet bloc, sang along with the performer on his opening number, ''Born in the U.S.A.''

Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N'Dour also performed in the eight-hour concert, a rare event in Eastern Europe.

Mr. Gabriel at one point spoke in Hungarian to the crowd and urged Rumania to respect the rights of ethnic Hungarians. Mr. Grosz met last month with Nicolae Ceausescu, the Rumanian leader, to discuss the issue of the 1.7 million Hungarian minority living in Rumania.

Some spectators held up banners pleading the cause of the Hungarian minority in Rumania and calling for the United Nations to take up the issue.

The six-week rock tour, which is to cross five continents, opened Friday in London.

Via Associated Press.
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