The Sixty-Four Counties Youth Movement (HVIM) held a torch-lit march commemorating the 95th anniversary of the Trianon peace treaty near Heroes’ Square in Budapest on Sunday evening.
Participants carried Hungarian and red-and-white-striped flags, the latter associated with the Hungarian far right over the past decade, and a large flag of Szeklerland, chanting the slogan “Down with Trianon!”
At the beginning of the event, Elod Novak, a lawmaker and deputy leader of radical nationalist Jobbik, said Trianon was the biggest tragedy in Hungary’s history.
He said including the date of the treaty’s signing in a law can be thanked in large part to Jobbik’s and HVIM’s efforts.
Novak said there had been several opportunities for a revision of Trianon in the past 25 years since the democratic transition, for instance prior to Romania’s accession to the EU, which, however, had been missed.
“This has been the nation’s betrayal by the political parties of the 20th century,” he said.
Participants then marched to the Serbian embassy and from there to the Romanian embassy, chanting the slogan “Szeklerland Is Not Romania.”
Gyula Zagyva, the co-president of the HVIM, said the Trianon treaty could still be revisited in his lifetime because a “geopolitical situation leading towards this has started to slowly develop.”
Under the Treaty of Trianon, signed on June 4 in 1920, two-thirds of Hungary’s territory was ceded to neighbouring countries.