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October 18, 2021

UDMR leader: Hungarians must continue fighting for autonomy

Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) leader Kelemen Hunor said on Tuesday evening in Miercurea Ciuc that Hungarians must continue fighting for their rights and for autonomy, according to Mediafax. Kelemen attended Hungarian Revolution Day events together with about 4,000 people, several UDMR lawmakers, Hungarian Deputy PM Semjen Zsolt and EP Vice President Laszlo Tokes. All those present held speeches pleading for Szekler Land autonomy and for Hungarian unity.

In the meantime, several Romanian politicians, including Liberal leader Crin Antonescu, demanded clarifications from UDMR in relation to Hungarian officials’ statements of overt support for Szekler Land territorial autonomy. On the other hand, both Kelemen and Tokes condemned the gesture of a Harghita man who commemorated March 15 by hanging a puppet meant to represent Romanian historical figure Avram Iancu. Kelemen said the gesture was regrettable and showing lack of respect. The man responsible for the incident, Csibi Barna, meanwhile told Realitatea TV that he had the constitutional right to stage a protest and that by his gesture, he meant to draw attention to Avram Iancu’s “slaughtering of Hungarian ethnics.” Antena 3 reported that Harghita prosecutors began a probe against Csibi, who is head of the Szekler Guard wing in Miercurea Ciuc, on charges of instigating discrimination.

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