Jobbik condemns Romanian authoritarianism
Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary finds it outrageous that Dorin Florea, the mayor of Marosvásárhely banned the pro-autonomy demonstrations organized for the Szekler Liberty Day this year, in 2016 and 2017 as well. Mayor Florea's decision violates the constitution of Romania as well as citizens' right to freedom of assembly and is a clear indication that Romania still has a "Hungarian issue", contrary to what President Klaus Iohannis says.
The Romanian political sphere wants to silence anyone who wishes to speak out for an autonomous Szeklerland, in line with Western European examples. Romanian authorities still pursue the use of the Szekler flag and imposes fines on people for singing the Hungarian national anthem. In spite of the relevant law in force, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Marosvásárhely (Târgu Mureș) still does not have an independent Hungarian faculty, while the Hungarian-language education of pharmacists may be discontinued as of September this year. Claiming a rationalization of resources, the Romanian government is trying to eliminate Hungarian classes while taking away, renationalizing our education institutions.
In order to protest against Romanian authoritarianism, Jobbik supporters in Szeklerland will join the protests and peaceful demonstrations, as private individuals, leaving their party banners at home. We will be there at the Monument of Szekler Martyrs in Marosvásárhely as well as at the demonstration in Gyergyószentmiklós and Sepsiszentgyörgy to demand autonomy for Szeklerland!
We expect the Romanian government and the authorities to respect the peaceful and dignified demonstrations on 10th March. We also call upon the Hungarian government to finally stand its ground and grab every opportunity to support the autonomy of Szeklerland. They should prevent the unjustified banning of our peaceful demonstrations as it runs the risk of serving as a precedent for future bans, and they should also impede the constant violation of the rights of the Hungarian community in Transylvania.
We are convinced that the autonomy of ancient local ethnic communities is the only way to oppose the nationalist hype and to help us jointly build a prosperous, 21st-century Romania. So let me extend our greetings to all those people who stand up in the Carpathian basin and all over the world to support Szekler autonomy.
Levente Kisgyörgy, Maros County Coordinator, Szekler member of Jobbik's General Assembly