Legislative proposal: imprisonment for pursuing autonomy
A member of parliament from the Social-Democratic Party (PSD) proposed imposing prison sanctions on those who promote the idea of autonomy in Romania.
“It could be funny, if it was not a very serious matter”. This is how Árpád Antal, the mayor of Sfântu Gheorghe/Sepsiszentgyörgy commented on the proposed measure against those who, according to the PSD politician, call for changing the constitutional order and try to prevent the state from exercising its power by pushing for autonomy.
According to the proposal that the Social-Democratic MP, Tudor Ciuhodaru, put before the Senate, those who call for changing the constitution would receive a prison sentence of up to 3 years. The MP from Iași County believes that the protests calling for Szeklerland’s autonomy, as well as similar requests made by László Tőkés and Csaba Sógor, Romanian Members of the European Parliament representing the Hungarian community, compel the Romanian Parliament to pass the proposed amendments to the Criminal Code.
Source: Mikó Imre Minority Rights Legal Services Assistance