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Five Parties Join Jobbik Initiative for Day of Hungarian-Szekler Cohesion

2018.11.05.

Five parties including ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrats have expressed their willingness to join conservative opposition Jobbik’s initiative for a day of Hungarian-Szekler cohesion, Jobbik lawmaker István Szávay said on Monday.

Szávay proposed three weeks ago, on the 170th anniversary of the Szekler national assembly of Agyagfalva, that 11 centuries of Hungarian-Szekler co-existence should be commemorated by making the date a memorial day and called on all party group leaders to back the initiative.

The only party that has not responded is the Democratic Coalition (DK), which has never expressed much sensitivity towards ethnic Hungarians abroad, he said.

Jobbik does not support the idea of declaring Szeklers a nationality in Hungary because “a step like this would only provide ammunition for Romanians to divide ethnic Hungarians.”

“Szeklers are part and parcel of the Hungarian nation,” he said.

via MTI