Justice Minister remembers Szekler Hungarian massacre

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.

The justice minister attended a commemoration held in Siculeni (Madéfalva), in central Romania, on Saturday, marking the anniversary of a massacre in which hundreds of Szekler Hungarians were slain by Austrian troops 259 years ago. In a commemorative speech at the Siculicidium Memorial, Justice Minister Judit Varga said that like the history of the Hungarian nation, “our joy and our sorrow are also one”. Minister Varga said it was an honor for her to give her first speech of the year in front of her “Szekler brethren”.