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September 24, 2021

Over 200 protest in Tebea against Csibi Barna’s gesture

Over 200 people who attended the Sunday mass at the Orthodox Church of Tebea village staged a spontaneous protest at the tomb of Avram Iancu, in the churchyard. According to Mediafax, the protest was directed at ethnic Hungarian Csibi Barna, who staged last week a mock “trial” of Avram Iancu and hanged a puppet representing the Romanian revolutionist – the hero of the 1848 Revolution of Transylvania. “Unfortunately, today, 139 years after Avram Iancu’s demise, a vile extremist, a base puppeteer tries to defile his image with heinous and criminal gestures, unworthy of a human being. We consider this as intolerable and it should be firmly condemned by authorities, as provided by law,” said the mayor of Brad, Florin Cazacu. The Romanians who attended the protest described Avram Iancu as a national hero and a symbol of Romanians, saying that the young extremist attempted to disturb the rest of the hero known as ‘The prince of the mountains.’

The protesters laid flowers on the tomb and put a banner reading: “Sleep peacefully Avram, Motii * are watching over you”.


Csibi Barna, who is a civil servant employed by the Harghita County Public Finance Department, was transferred for six months by ANAF President Sorin Blejnar to the town of Abrud, Alba County – the town where revolutionist Avram Iancu spent his childhood. Additionally, Csibi Barna will be probed by the Commission of Discipline for his gesture. According to the chief of the Harghita General Department of Public Finance (DGFP), Kedves Imre, “the temporary transfer will come into force Monday and will last for half a year.” Last Friday, Csibi Barna told Mediafax that the order is legal and he will comply. ANAF based its decision on the Conduct Code of Civil Servants, which provides for “loyalty towards public authorities and institutions.”

Last week, on the occasion of the National Day of Hungarians Everywhere, Csibi Barna hanged a puppet impersonating Avram Iancu, a hero of the 1848 Revolution in Transylvania, after a mock trial.

In the town of Cluj Napoca, over 100 members of the ‘New Right’ Association attended a march in the memory of Avram Iancu, last Saturday, shouting slogans like “Romania – to the Romanians” and “Harghita and Covasna are Romania.” According to Mediafax, the protesters carried banners reading “Romania is a national, sovereign, independent and unitary state that cannot be divided” and “NO to Hungarian separatism, for national unity.” The head of the New Right Association, Tudor Ionescu said the march was an answer to the “separatist” statements of some Hungarian politicians.

* Moti – Romanian community in Maramures, northwestern Transylvania.

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