Organizers of “Windows on Europe” event prevented Hungarian street dancers from parading under the Hungarian flag in Nagyvárad reported itthon.ma news portal.
It is a tradition that Debrecen Flower Festival decorative carriages one day after the event also parade in Nagyvárad.
Romanian authorities often get nervous when they see Hungarian national symbols in Romania regardless of the context of the appearance of those symbols.
Daniel Szabó, leader of the group told “itthon.ma” news portal that an individual wearing a pinkish shirt instructed local organizers of the event to order the Hungarian dance group to put away the Hungarian flag.
Before – After
The gesture is astonishing at an event that promotes openness, Europeanism and Hungarian-Romanian cooperation.
A similar incident happened a day earlier when ethnic Hungarians celebrated the Hungarian National Holiday in Nagyvárad.
At the beginning of the event at Szent László Square local police officers told organizers to stop displaying Hungarian and the Árpád-band flags during the celebration.
According to the news portal, Hungarian-Romanian bilateral relations are improving at both local or regional levels, yet old chauvinist reflexes on the Romanian side are still very much alive.
As we wrote before, Hunor Kelemen, the president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR/RMDSZ) has been harassed for days in the Romanian media for declarations he made regarding the upcoming centennial of the 1918 Great Union, and is now facing threats from civil organisations, as well as individuals, who demand that his Romanian citizenship be taken away.
Translation by hungarianambiance.com