The Slovakian PM published a Facebook post yesterday in which he apologised to the Hungarians living in Slovakia because of the injustices they have to endure if they adhere to their mother tongue.
“Hello my dear friends, for whom the peaceful Hungarian-Slovakian cohabitation in Slovakia is important, I would like to apologise frankly for the injustices you had to live through during your life only because you did not want to give up your mother tongue,” he started his post. Furthermore,
he wrote, “my dear friends” in Hungarian; however, with a minor grammatical mistake.
According to Index, he said that Slovakians suffered due to the same reasons in the 19th century in the Hungarian Kingdom (which was later separated in the Peace Treaty of Trianon).
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He added that the representatives of the Hungarian community living in Slovakia asked the state before to allow the use of the Hungarian language in official interactions or the courts. It happened many times that Hungarians living in Slovakia suffered injustices because they used their mother tongue. Furthermore, even the Slovakian language law currently in effect discriminates against the languages of ethnic minorities.
The Hungarians living in Slovakia
suffered injustices not only because of their language but also because they cleaved unto their identity,
he stated. The most well-known slap in that respect was the mass deportation of Hungarians after WWII when only those could escape that fate who gave up their nationality and said that they were Slovaks.
Igor Matovic referred to the commemoration he organised on the 100th anniversary of the Trianon Peace Treaty in the Castle of Bratislava in front of Hungarians as well as the members of the Slovakian Parliament. He wrote that the representatives of the Party of the Hungarian Community (MKP) handed him a memorandum listing the problems and injustices the local Hungarian community have to deal with each day. According to Index, the press and even some Slovakian politicians criticised the document.