Jobbik supports autonomy for SzeklersWed, 2013-03-13 08:47
Jobbik supports autonomy for Szeklers
Ever since its foundation in 2003, Jobbik has always been actively promoting the right of self-government for all Hungarians native to the Carpathian basin, so the leaders of the neighbouring countries must respect the will of the several million-strong Hungarian community, just like ethnic minorities native to Hungary can freely use their languages and symbols.
Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary condemns the anti-Hungarian acts committed by the Romanian state, since double standards applied in minority issues are not acceptable in any part of Europe. The national radical party believes it is indispensable that Szeklers living in the territory of present-day Romania be allowed to freely use their Hungarian native language as well as to make decisions about themselves. As a token of solidarity with Szekler towns, Jobbik requested Hungarian municipalities to fly the Szekler banner as well.
Jobbik was the only political force organizing a demonstration against Victor Ponta's visit to Budapest. The anti-Hungarian Prime Minister of Romania was invited as a guest of honour by the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) to their general assembly. PM Ponta, the guest of MSZP was instrumental in preventing the establishment of the Hungarian faculty of the University of Marosvásárhely, and currently he is busy working on hindering the three counties with a Hungarian majority from forming a region in the new Romanian public administration system so that this Hungarian block could be blended into regions with Romanian majority. In light of the above, Zoltán Balczó, the vice-president of Jobbik rightfully called MSZP's attitude an act of high treason.
Zoltán Balczó, the vice-president of Jobbik
Jobbik declared its solidarity with the participants of demonstrations for Szekler autonomy held under the name of Szekler Liberty Day on March 10 in various cities - including New York, London and Munich.
Jobbik MP Tamás Gaudi-Nagy has expressed his support for Szekler autonomy in the Hungarian National Assembly as well as in the Council of Europe, and many of his speeches are available at his website (http://www.gaudi.jobbik.hu/in_english). He paid a recent visit to Szekler Land in early March where he urged negotiations between the Szekler National Council (SZNT) and Romania. The politician also participated in the anti-Ponta demonstration, where he said: "the time for Szekler autonomy has come!"
István Szávay, the head of Jobbik's national policy cabinet lays special emphasis on the situation of Hungarians living in neighbouring countries. The MP regularly speaks out for the rights of the Hungarians living in the Carpathian basin, including those in Transylvania. During one of his speeches, he shouted "We are all Szeklers!" and held up a Szekler flag, asking it to be planted on the Parliament building, which happened a few days later. Szávay also held a speech at the anti-Ponta demonstration, where he stated that Jobbik - unlike Fidesz and MSZP - gives priority to the interests of those living in the territories torn away, and emphasized that the demonstration was not against the Romanian people but those trying to intimidate and assimilate Hungarians. He also ensured the demonstrators that Jobbik would utilize all peaceful measures to support the autonomy of Hungarians in neighbouring countries, since all European citizens have the right to preserve their mother tongue and culture.
Szekler flag on the Parliament building
István Szávay, the head of Jobbik's national policy cabinet
"We are all Szeklers!"
The aim of the civic organizations struggling for Szekler autonomy is to peacefully implement an autonomy that is already in place in Western Europe (Catalonia, South Tirol, etc.). SZNT intends to call the EU's attention to this unholy situation by collecting 1 million signatures, and the petition can also be signed digitally at: http://www.change.org/petitions/government-of-romania-recognize-the-autonomy-of-sz%C3%A9kely-land.