Úz-valley military cemetery Szeklerland
Mostly drunk Romanian nationalists trying to attack Hungarians praying at the front of the cemetery. Photo: MTI

They broke into and desecrated the WWII cemetery where Hungarian, German and Austrian soldiers rest, smashed several wooden crosses that marked the memory of fallen Hungarian heroes and beat up Hungarians protecting the cemetery with flagpoles and rods torn from the fence. Meanwhile, the Romanian gendarmerie did almost nothing; nobody was taken into custody yet because of what had happened, and the Romanian ambassador in Budapest refused to show up in the Hungarian foreign ministry and give an explanation as to what happened and why due to a higher order.

“Out with the Hungarians from the country!”

According to the newsletter of the Mikó Imre Minority Rights Legal Services Assistance, close to a thousand civilians and public personalities from Szeklerland formed a human chain around the military cemetery in the Úz Valley yesterday afternoon in order to inhibit Romanians from unlawfully breaking into the common graveyard, where the bodies of Austrian, German and Hungarian soldiers rest. Meanwhile, Romanian groups demanding the opening of the cemetery gate shouted

out with the Hungarians from the country!”,

sang irredentist songs and yelled at Hungarians.

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The Hungarians were peacefully praying… Photo: MTI

The  Romanian crowd was strongly influenced by alcohol and revolted then climbed on the fence, broke the cemetery gate, smashed several wooden crosses that marked the memory of Hungarian heroes, beat up Hungarians with flagpoles and rods torn from the fence, causing enormous damage both in a moral and physical sense. The Romanian authorities quickly lost control over the happenings, though Romanian foreign minister Teodor Meleșcanu previously promised his Hungarian counterpart that

they would do everything to prevent provocations

and physical abuse towards local Hungarians. However, though Romanian authorities were present at the scene, they were not able or would not like to protect the Hungarians, and yet, nobody has been arrested, and nobody has been taken into custody because of what happened.

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The start of the attack. Photo: MTI

The Romanian ambassador refused to give an explanation

Furthermore, representatives of Romanian political organisations also took part in the event, radicalising the civilians and sharing abusing texts against Hungarians on social media. Meanwhile, Hungarians were praying, and a lot of them even burst into tears because of what happened.

Osszuk meg, vigyék a hírt, az igazságot!!!A Román Csendőrség hazudik, amikor azt állítja, hogy “nem történt agresszió csütörtökön az úzvölgyi temetőnél sem a résztvevők, sem pedig a résztvevők és a rendvédelmi szervek képviselői között” hozzátéve, hogy a fakeresztek összetörésével kapcsolatban az első vizsgálatok alapján „nem észleltek ilyen elemeket”.NE HAZUDJANAK, NE FERDÍTSÉK A VALÓSÁGOT!Az alábbi videóban is jól látszik, hogy mit műveltek!Ami ma történt, egy civilizációs kérdés, hiszen miközben mi imádkoztunk a hőseinkért, a jövőnkért, a 8-10-szeres túlerőben levő feltüzelt, részeg emberek pedig, mint a rabló tolvajok, hátulról betörtek a temetőbe, összetörték a sírkereszteket, összetörték a temetőkaput.Holnap is felkel a Nap, és újraépítjük a temetőt és a kaput is.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Tamás Sándor‎‏ في الخميس، ٦ يونيو ٢٠١٩

Hunor Kelemen, president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), condemned the incident from Úz Valley and called the destruction of the cemetery a barbaric act. He said that the Hungarians did not provoke anyone but formed a human chain to protect the memory of their ancestors. He added that the

Romanian news televisions should put an end to misinformation and incitement

because it only leads to further conflicts. He also asked the Prime Minister to replace the Minister of Internal Affairs and the prefect of Harghita county, both of whom were responsible for letting such severe atrocities to take place.

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Most of the Romanians were drunk. Photo: MTI

According to MTI, Romania’s ambassador to Hungary has been summoned to the foreign ministry to account for what had happened but refused to comply, citing conflicting orders. On a press conference today, state Secretary Levente Magyar said about the refusal that it is “below all courtesy and friendship” and

Romania has refused an opportunity for dialogue.

In fact, the ministry already issued a diplomatic note of protest yesterday. Magyar added that Hungary still has a vested interest in a correct and good relationship with Romania to ensure the peaceful coexistence of Hungarians and Romanians.

Both government parties and Hungarian opposition parties Jobbik – Movement for a Better Hungary and Our Home Movement condemned the vandal destruction of the cemetery. The Romanian foreign ministry issued a statement today in which they would like their Hungarian counterpart to send a clear message towards Hungarians living in Romania to put an end to boosting further tensions. Thus, it is clear that the

Romanian government blames Hungarians for what happened yesterday.

 

Here is a video on what Romanian nationalists did in the cemetery after occupying it:

The antecedents

In fact, the local administration of the village of Dărmănești/Dormánfalva appropriated illegally the Hungarian military cemetery located in neighbouring Harghita county earlier this year. This is because a law from 1968 clearly states that the valley belongs to Sânmartin/ Csíkszentmárton, a Hungarian village in Harghita county, instead of Dărmănești/Dormánfalva, a Romanian settlement in Bacău county. The situation has worsened considerably after several Hungarians were taken in for questioning by the police, while the local administration of Dărmănești/Dormánfalva that illegally put up concrete crosses and monuments in the cemetery has still not been brought to account.

Árpád Antal, the president of the Szekler Council of Local Representatives, declared then that “we, Transylvanian Hungarians, are citizens with full rights of both Europe and Romania, and we do not accept to be treated as second-class citizens in our homeland. Asking for the situation of the military cemetery in Valea Uzului/Úz-völgye to be settled, for the violation of the rights of our community to cease and for those responsible to be brought to justice is a legitimate demand, one that we will not give up.” 

On the 16th of May, an unknown group of people covered the crosses that had been illegally put up by the local government of Dărmănești/Dormánfalva with black sacks. Although members of the Hungarian community immediately removed the sacks, and the Szekler Council of Local Representatives qualified the act as an obvious provocation, distancing themselves from both the persons committing the act, as well as the act itself, the Romanian media and some politicians took the opportunity to initiate a hate campaign against Hungarians.

The cemetery located in Valea Uzului/Úz-völgye (Valley of Uz) was the site of several battles during World War II. In fact, many Hungarian and German, but no Romanian soldiers are buried there. The cemetery has come to be almost like a place of pilgrimage, not only for Hungarians living in Transylvania but for all Hungarians.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Mikó Imre Jogvédelmi Szolgálat newsletter, MTI, alfahir.hu

8 comments
  1. Congratulations Romania, another perfect example why no one in the west will ever respect the nation or people. You showed yourselves to be an embarrassing bunch of drunk intolerant racist extremists. Great job!

  2. It is time for Victor Orban to arm all Hungarians patriots and take back the lands stolen from Hungary in Trianon, starting with Erdely.

  3. You Hungarian scum will never again rule Transylvania! Time to learn humility!

  4. This article is one sided. “In fact, many Hungarian and German, but no Romanian soldiers are buried there.”
    Incorrect. There is AT LEAST ONE romanian soldier burried there.
    I do agree that the romanian crowd missbehaved. But the first one was a gypsy and the rest of them were drunk idiots who were brought there with a single purpose: to cause strife. There was also the former leader of the romanian gendarmerie who ordered them to beat and gas the romanian protesters back in 10 August 2018. Everything is just a charade. And both sides are guilty. I do agree that romanians were guiltier this time. But the hungarians were not that innocent either!

  5. 1919 Romanian Army took over Budapest. Trianon was signed in 1920. If it wasn’t for Trianon Romania would have 2 capitals city. So Hungarian should thank Trianon. Kosovo je Sribije. John Woods paid from Hungarian Government to write on side story.

  6. Actually, this article is a lie. The truth is the following. The hungayrian population refused to allow entry to a few Romanians who wanted to pay their respects to the Romanian soldiers hurried there. In fact, a few days before the unrest, hungayrians covered in black plastic bags the crosses of the Romanian soldiers hurried in the cemetery. This sparked a movement. Some Romanians wanted to enter the cemetery to “free” the crosses by unwrapping the plastic bags, but the Hungayrians locked the gate to the cemetery. More Romanians came and a scandal ensued. Let me remind something these hungayrian nationalists. Respect the laws of Romania or suffer the consequences. Period.

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