Balázs Orbán, state secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, attended a commemoration at Siculeni (Madéfalva), in central Romania, marking the anniversary of a massacre in which hundreds of Szekler Hungarians were slain by Austrian troops 255 years ago. In his address, held at a monument recently renewed with Hungarian assistance, the state secretary said that “no empire should consider Hungarians as second-rate citizens”, and he assured ethnic Hungarians across the Carpathian Basin of his government’s support. Every country, the official said, should “respect a balance of rights and obligations achieved through negotiations” and “observe written agreements”. “Once an empire — whether Vienna 255 years ago, Bucharest for the Szeklers nowadays, or sometimes Brussels for all of us — disrespects those [agreements], resistance is considered legitimate under the ancient fundaments of law,” he added. Hungary “now has a government which has learnt the lessons of history and will promote the interests of Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin through sober compromises, strong representation and perseverance rather than through militant ranting,” the state secretary said.
On January 7, 1765, the troops of Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, retaliated a protest by some 2,500 Szeklers who refused to serve in the Austrian army under command in German.