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February 28, 2021

Kelemen Hunor discloses who’s behind the three-colored ribbon and Szekler flag scandals

In an interview granted to “Adevarul”, the UDMR president warns it would be a big mistake to believe it is Dan Voiculescu who keeps things balanced in Romania.

In an “Adevarul” interview, Kelemen Hunor, the president of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), said that he and his colleagues said “we should calm down and get our feet back on the ground” over the three-color ribbon and Szekler flag scandals. “While all these issues were fakes, they nonetheless hurt national sentiments and sensibilities which are important to every community. The Szekler flag has been used in the Szekler Land since 2005 and by no means was an issue in 2013 or 2012. The flag made the object of court trials in Targu Mures, Covasna and Harghita. I haven’t seen a Romanian who lost his job or lacks earning to be unhappy about the Szekler flag. This scandal was ignited from various reasons. A major role in it played the former prefect of Covasna, Codrin Munteanu, about whom we had some information and were aware what he was up to.

There is also a person who lives in Spain from where he fuels these conflicts between Romanian and Magyars, mostly in Covasna. His name is Dan Tanasa, everybody knows it. It is he who originated the ribbon issue, he handled the website, as I understand. Thus, there are but a couple of people, yet who  know where the sensitivities lie on both sides and make bad blood  once in a while,” Kelemen Hunor said.Referring to the issue of Magyar language schools in Romania, the UDMR leader says that the education law stipulates that manuals other than those used for Romanian children could be used for teaching. Kelemen Hunor went on explaining that until they starts the first grade, Magyar children only speak Magyar, and the next day they start school also from where the Romanian children do, who come from Romanian families and know Romanian. “President Basescu has been a strong ally in this matter,” the UDMR said, who pointed out he had concerned himself with preparing some such manuals, “only the political class remains reticent about Romanian language being taught as a second language to Magyar children in school.” “How can you say in Romania, Romanian should be a second language for teaching? We must all clearly understand that this does not mean we consider Romanian as a foreign language, its’ only about the teaching methodology. We must be pragmatic and frank , and say it’s in our interest for every child to get to senior high school, so that they are able to speak Romanian very well too when they go to university. In order to do this, you need to find a methodology. You won’t change reality in Magyar families, neither by force, nor by orders or instructions,” Kelemen Hunor also said.

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