(MTI) – Hungary will no longer be disloyal to Szeklers and will never again turn against the nation, Parliamentary Speaker Laszlo Kover said on Tuesday at the 250th anniversary of the massacre of Madefalva (now Siculeni in Romania).
Kover told a memorial event held at the site of a mass murder committed against Szeklers by the Habsburg army in 1764 that the memory of Szekler refugees who fled after the massacre “obliges us not to trust our affairs to disloyal leaders ever again.”
It must not be allowed that “others decide about us, but without us, in Bucharest, Budapest or Brussels,” he said adding that he was speaking on behalf of the Hungarian state leaders elected in 2010.
The lesson of history is that “if the leaders of the Szeklers are disloyal to their people and the Hungarian state leaders are disloyal to the Szeklers, then more and more Madefalva massacres are on the way,” he said.
Addressing a commemoration in the cultural centre of Targu Mures (Marosvasarhely), Kover encouraged the Szekler community to speak for territorial autonomy to convince the Romanian society about its benefit.
“If you manage to convince them that allowing territorial autonomy for Szeklerland would not hurt but instead benefit Romania, [….], if you manage to convince the Romanian society that Szeklerland as an autonomous region would ensure better living for all, then they will as well start a march of their own,” Kover said, referring to the great march organised for Szekler autonomy by the Szekler National Council on October 27 last year.
The last census in 2002 showed Szeklerland was a historical region of about 13,000 sq/km with a population of 809,000, of whom 612,043 were Szekler-Hungarians.
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