TARGU SECUIESC, Romania – Thousands of ethnic Hungarians have held rallies in Romania to demand autonomy in the areas where they live.
The marches — with people singing, waving Hungarian flags, and riding horses and carriages — were held Sunday in 14 communities of Transylvania, including the town of Targu Secuiesc.
Transylvania was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire until after World War I, when the ethnic Romania majority in Transylvania created Romania.
Today, ethnic Hungarians make up about 6 percent of Romania's population, and their leader, Kelemen Hunor, told The Associated Press on Sunday that they want territorial autonomy to maintain their ethnic identity and grow economically.
Romanian politicians have opposed granting the minority that privilege.