Budapest, January 4 (MTI) – The Jobbik party wants parliament’s foreign affairs and national cohesion committees to hear the deputy prime minister, Zsolt Semjen, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and the Romanian ambassador at a joint extraordinary meeting.
The hearings are necessary because several anti-Hungarian measures have been introduced in Romania in recent months, deputy head of Jobbik Istvan Szavay told a press conference on Monday.
“Sadly, we have found that Romania took a U-turn in the development of democracy and minority rights in recent months,” he added.
He said Hungary’s foreign ministry “mostly had nothing to say” in connection with these developments in Transylvania. As examples, he cited action taken by the authorities against the erection of a statue to Transylvanian-Hungarian author Albert Wass in a private courtyard in Sovata (Szovata), police action at a concert by the group Ismeros Arcok in Sfantu Gheorghe (Sepsiszentgyorgy) and fines issued for civilians in Targu Mures (Marosvasarhely) because they put up bilingual street signs. He also cited the arrests of Istvan Beke, the local head of the Sixty-Four Counties Youth Movement in Targu Secuiesc (Kezdivasarhely) and the movement’s Transylvanian head Zoltan Szocs, adding that no evidence has been presented to justify the arrests. Related article: POLICE BRUTALITY OR DID THE ROMANIAN POLICE CATCH HUNGARIAN TERRORISTS?
The proposed date for the extraordinary meeting is January 12. Enough signatures have been collected to convene the national cohesion committee and consultations are still under way about the foreign affairs committee’s involvement.