Several officials of the Hungarian government and leaders of ethnic Hungarian communities beyond the borders marked the March 15 national holiday.
Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said in Arad, Romania, that the message of the 1848 revolution was that Hungarians must survive in their homeland.
He said that while both the 1848 and 1956 revolutions failed, they brought Hungary recognition and changed the country’s future.
Speaking at a commemoration event in Odorheiu Secuiesc (Székelyudvarhely), in central Romania, defence ministry state secretary and Fidesz deputy leader Szilárd Németh said May’s EP elections would be “the most important battle of the spring crusade”. Hungarians, he said, would have to decide at the election whether they want to live in a country of Hungarians or a country of immigrants.
Addressing an event in western Ukraine’s Mukacheve (Munkács), Fidesz MEP Andrea Bocskor said 1848 showed that no amount of oppression could keep Hungarians down. “The freedom for which our ancestors fought is the same freedom we must preserve and protect today,” she told the commemoration event organised by the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ).