Csíkszererda (Miercurea Ciuc), Romania, November 11 (MTI) – Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén has declared support for leaders of any Hungarian community abroad who are “persecuted unjustly” for representing their community’s interests.
Semjén presented the For Hungarians Beyond Borders award to four politicians serving in three central Romanian cities inhabited mostly by ethnic Hungarians.
The awards were granted to Arpad Antal, the mayor of Sfantu Gheorghe (Sepsiszentgyörgy), János Mezei, the former mayor of Gheorgheni (Gyergyószentmiklós), and Róbert Raduly and Domokos Szőke, the mayor and deputy mayor of Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda), at Hungary’s consulate-general on Friday.
Romanian authorities have launched criminal procedures against the four politicians for alleged corruption.
“What is going on is an intimidation of Hungarians under the pretext of fighting against corruption,” Semjén said.
The legal procedures were obviously launched against influential Hungarian leaders who play a crucial role in holding their community together and pressing for their interests and survival, he said
“Hungary will never let these people down, they can always rely on Hungary’s support,” Semjén said, adding that Hungary would seek to solicit support for them in every international forum.