The Mayor of Arad, Gheorghe Falcă voiced his concerns and criticized the police and the Arad Prefect’s Office over an investigation that was started based on a denunciation made by an ultra-nationalist, far right militant group, The New Right.
The police required information for its investigation about a photo copy of a Hungarian Certificate of Merit, issued in 1869 by the City of Arad (back then part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy) to the Mayor of Arad in those times, Péter Aczél. The certificate is placed nearby the office of the Vice Mayor of Arad, Levente Bognár.
A similar request was received by the leadership of the Gergely Csíki High School in Arad, concerning one of the flags placed on the institution, namely the Hungarian flag. The Mayor of Arad expressed his surprise over the investigations, saying that he finds the initiative of the police totally senseless, but he is bound by the law to address the requests. He stated that the document in question is part of the history of the town, and it was exhibited within a historical exposition organized by the Museum of Arad.
As for the Hungarian flag at the Gergely Csíki High School, the mayor brought the example of the Romanian high school in Gyula, Hungary, where the Romanian flag is displayed and yet, it did not offend anybody, ever. “I believe the police and the prefect should be more preoccupied of other, more important things. I think this is too much already.” declared the Mayor to the press.