Hungarian Govt Backs Demonstration for Szekler Autonomy
MTI-Hungary Today 2019.03.11.
The Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office supported a demonstration held on Sunday in Marosvásárhely (Targu Mures), Romania, for the autonomy of the Szeklers, a Hungarian minority in central and western Romania.
In a statement to MTI, Árpád János Potápi, the state secretary for Hungarians abroad, said that autonomy is the best way to ensure the continued existence of ethnic minorities. The Szekler minority “wants autonomy allowing them to use their mother tongue and national symbols in a way that does not harm majority nationals, nothing more than the rights granted to minorities in many European countries,” he said.
Demonstration in Marosvásárhely. Photo by Gergely L. Boda/MTI
The autonomy of Szekler Land is a cause for all Hungarians, Potápi said.
The demonstration was held on the Day of Szekler Freedom, the anniversary of the execution of Szekler patriots in 1854.
Németh calls for ‘strong Hungarian representation’ in EP to help Szeklers
Zsolt Németh, the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, called for a “strong Hungarian representation” in the next European Parliament, which he said was crucial in achieving autonomy for Szekler Land in Romania.
Demonstration in Budapest for the Szekler autonomy. Photo by Zoltán Máthé/MTI
Speaking at an event marking the Day of Szekler Freedom in Budapest’s Heroes Square, Németh referred to a recent European court ruling, under which the European Commission is obliged to consider a proposal submitted by the Szekler National Council aimed at increased European focus on ethnic minorities.
Zsolt Németh (on the right). Photo by Zoltán Máthé/MTI.
Németh called the ruling a “historic victory” and called on Hungarian voters across the borders to turn up at the upcoming European parliamentary elections.
Németh called it “unacceptable” that “the discrimination ethnic Hungarian communities have been suffering from for some 100 years is maintained and financed from European Union funds” and called for “firm action” against that tendency.
On the featured photo: demonstration in Marosvásárhely for the Szekler autonomy. Photo by Gergely L. Boda/MTI