Szekler Assembly Held in Support of Territorial Autonomy
Gábor Sarnyai 2018.11.19.
In remembrance of their one hundred year struggle for equal rights, the Hungarian National Council of Transylvania has organized an assembly for Seklers in Sepsiszentgyögy (Sfântu Gheorghe) Romania.
The aim of the assembly is to demand territorial autonomy for Sekler counties. The speakers reminded Bucharest of the unfulfilled promises of the Gyulafehérvár (Alba Iulia) Romanian National Assembly in 1918.
The chairman of the Szekler National Council, Balázs Izsák, convened the demonstration and urged Bucharest to discuss Szekely’s autonomy. In his opinion, a Romanian decision to help further Hungarian ambition would show great respect for the heritage of Gyulafehérvár and the institution of the presidency.
Mures, Covasna and Harghita—the three counties that make up Seklerland—are primarily inhabited by Hungarians. Image via Hungary Today.
Member of the European Parliament and President of the Hungarian National Council of Transylvania, László Tőkés, said that the era of the 20th century wherein the victorious powers of the “Great War” ignored the Hungarian minorities right to self-determination is over and declared that “autonomy is the only correct answer to Gyulafehérvár and Trianon” today.
In his speech, Tőkés called attention to the fact that in the 1918 Gyulafehérvár ruling, Romanians promised all minorities living in the country “full national freedom.” However, Romania has never fulfilled its promise of territorial and personal autonomy. “We demand territorial autonomy. They have deprived us of our home and the least they could do in return is ensure the effective use of our individual and collective rights,” Tőkés said.