Senate Speaker deems enclave as unacceptable.
Over 100,000 Hungarians from several counties in Transylvania but also from Hungary took part in a protest march yesterday, forming a 54-kilometer-long human chain from Chichis locality, near the administrative border with Brasov County, to Bretcu, on the administrative border with Bacau County. According to the proclamation read by National Szekely Council (CNS) President Izsak Balazs, the Hungarians asked for the self-governance of the Szekely Land and the application of the norms practiced in the European Union so that the Szekelys could exercise their self-determination right through the autonomy of the Szekely Land and reaffirmed their “attachment to the provisional boundary line of the Szekely Land formed by 8 seats and 153 local authorities.
“Internal self-governance means regional power, which has deliberative authority constituted through democratic means, a wide autonomy, and the means necessary to exercise self-governance prerogatives,” the proclamation reads.
At the same time, the signatories of the proclamation are asking the Hungarian government “to demand” the Romanian government to respect the basic treaty between the two states “with a special emphasis on its Article 15/9.” The Sezkelys gathered at the Monument of Martyr Szekelys in Targu Mures on the Day of Szekely Freedom sent to the government a petition on March 10 too, asking for the Szekely Land to become a distinct development region. The petition was left unanswered. The participants carried placards with Romanian and English messages such as: “we want autonomy, not independence,” “Szekely Land, Romania’s other face,” “Romania is our country too,” “autonomy does not mean independence, it means efficiency.” The march was preceded by several religious services attended, according to CNS representatives, by 60-70,000 persons.
The protest was uneventful. Nevertheless, the train that had 1,000 protesters from Harghita onboard had technical problems and did not depart the station despite the mechanics’ efforts. The railway transportation company from which the train was rented promised that it would send a new locomotive in two and a half hours’ time, an announcement that profoundly dissatisfied the people waiting in the station. UDMR MEP Sogor Csaba, Senator Tanczos Barna, Lower Chamber MP Korodi Attila and UDMR Ciuc President Borboly Csaba should have traveled on the train too but they eventually left with their personal cars. In fact, Korodi Attila stated that he does not believe these were last-minute “technical issues” but rather “the state security’s swindle, nothing else.” CNS Vice President Ferencz Csaba claims that state authorities are “downplaying” the march because they stated only 15,000 persons took part in it, while the Szekely Council claims 120,000 persons took part in the protest.
Although he did not take part in the march, UDMR President Kelemen Hunor sent a message to the participants, telling them that autonomy does not mean taking something away from someone, it means doing something in someone’s interest. “We need the establishment of a home, the development of the native land, we need every man around us. We want to prove the strength of our community, the fact that we have the necessary will to work together and to have a unitary attitude for the Szekely Land, for the future of the Szekely Land, for our native land. When we decide on the fate of the Szekely Land we in fact decide on the future of our families and our community. We want and desire to have a form of autonomy that would allow us to decide our goals by ourselves. We stated on numerous occasions, we repeat it today too: in our view autonomy does not mean taking something away from someone, but acting for someone’s interest,” Kelemen pointed out. “Neither Romanians nor Hungarians, we do not want to take goods, properties, decision, rights. However, we, the Szekelys, the Hungarians of Transylvania and the Szekely Land, are asking for the power to decide by ourselves on the issues that concern us,” the UDMR President emphasized.
In reply to the Sezkelys’ march, Senate Speaker and PNL President Crin Antonescu stated yesterday in Focsani that “simulating” an enclave on the Romanian state’s territory is an unacceptable action and he hopes this will be treated in the same manner by the authorities, “with wisdom but with firmness.”