Following the RON 3,000 (~€635) fine handed down to the VP of Covasna County Council, the President of Hargita/Harghita County Council Csaba Borboly has been fined the same amount on the same grounds: the peaceful demonstration of the Szeklers in front of the Úz Valley cemetery wasn’t announced 48 hours in advance.
Borboly received the notice in the post and made it public on his official Facebook page. “The Harghita County gendarmerie was ordered by Bucharest to fine the Hungarians. The notice was sent by registered mail to make sure it reaches the recipient,” Borboly commented on the received mail in a Facebook post. Borboly organized a public event on Facebook inviting ethnic Hungarians to form a human chain on June 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in front of the Úz Valley graveyard just one hour before of the official consecration of the Romanian war memorial the Dărmănești Mayor’s office scheduled for that day.
Megjött a bukaresti parancs: büntetni kell a magyarokat.
As we previously reported, on June 6, 2019, a human chain was formed by ethnic Hungarians in front of the Úz Valley military graveyard as a peaceful demonstration against the illegally erected 52 concrete crosses and a Romanian Orthodox cross by the mayor of Dărmănești. On that historical day, despite the gendarmerie’s presence, an angry Romanian crowd broke into the graveyard and through the police cordon, jumped through the fence from the left side and tore down the gate from the inside. Those were highly tense moments, with lots of aggression and insults from the Romanian group toward the Hungarians present there.
Borboly is the second Hungarian politician to have received a notice and RON 3,000 fine for the peaceful demonstration, although Róbert Grüman had a work session scheduled for that day and in that place. Despite the gendarmerie announcing that it would identify and open a criminal file against those causing the Úz Valley incidents, there is no official data that they have identified or fined any of the Romanian people crashing through the graveyard fence.
Title image: the notice received by Csaba Borboly.