The European Free Alliance is stunned to receive the news that the annual Szekler Freedom Day demonstration and march which would be held next month in Marosvásárhely/Targu Mures was banned from the Romanian authorities on the grounds of creating “ethnic unrest” within the country.
This year, the Szekler National Council that organises the event, was planning to protest against the planned administrative reform in Romania, which would incorporate the Szekerland into a region with less of 30% percent Hungarian population. Obviously, this annoyed the authorities and they decided not to allow it.
It has to be mentioned that each year the Romanian state tried to put obstacles to the organisation of the event. Last year for instance, a road block during the march was refused but the 30.000 participants had to move onto the street as the sidewalks were too narrow to accommodate them. This caused the intervention of the security forces against the peaceful demonstrators.
EFA considers this decision as a clear breech of one of the most fundamental human rights, the freedom of assembly. Furthermore, firmly believes that it is politically and ethnically motivated and calls upon the Romanian authorities to revoke it immediately. Only a few months after the election of a minority candidate as president of the country, Romania sends a completely wrong message on how it understands the demands of its Hungarian minority for democracy and autonomy.
In this respect, EFA also sent an official protest letter to both the mayor of Marosvásárhely/Targu Mures and the Romanian President, warning them about the implications of such decisions which undermine peaceful coexistence and bring in mind the darkest periods of the country’s recent history.