The imperial aspirations have always considered Hungarians’ desire for freedom dangerous since Arad, even when they speak out for order and peace, said Árpád János Potápi, Minister of State for National Policy of the Prime Minister’s Office, in Dunaszerdahely, Southern Slovakia, where he was speaking on the occasion of October 6, national day of mourning on Thursday.
In his speech, the State Secretary recalled the reprisals after the War of Independence, pointing out that the empire considered freedom fighters as enemies of order and peace. “It seems that the imperial ambitions have always considered the Hungarians’ desire for freedom as dangerous, even when we speak out for order and peace,” said Árpád János Potápi.
The Thirteen Martyrs of Arad
were the thirteen Hungarian generals who were executed by the Austrian Empire on 6 October 1849 in the city of Arad, then part of the Kingdom of Hungary (now in Romania), due to their role in the Hungarian anti-Habsburg revolution (1848–1849). The execution was ordered by the Austrian general Julius Jacob von Haynau.
The government declared 6 October a national day of mourning in 2001.
In his speech, he asked whether it was possible to talk about celebrating the Day of the Martyrs of Arad, answering in the affirmative. As he said, the martyrs’ wishes have been fulfilled: the homeland lives and justice was done. Those who executed the freedom fighters had to face the judgment of the world in their own time.
“So today, we have reason to look forward not only with grief in our hearts, but also with hope”, concluded Potápi.
The State Secretary also spoke of the achievements of Hungarian national policy in the past 12 years, the most important of which, he said, was that the awareness, experience and feeling of national belonging had been strengthened. He stressed that today we help each other to prosper as a true nation. Speaking about the achievements of recent national policies, he said that since 2010, 300,000 children worldwide have benefited from quality mother tongue education. “An important task of national education, and at the same time a key value of our community, is to shape the minds of young people and strengthen their national consciousness,” Potápi said.
Speaking about the future, the politician said that difficulties are to be expected in the coming period, but today no nation is as united within its borders and beyond as ours.
“In this unity there is strength and perseverance on which we can build our future”, the State Secretary concluded.
Via: MTI ; Featured photo: MTI/Csaba Krizsán