No more hiding - László Gubík became Hungarian citizen

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The 24 year old university student from Felvidék announced today that he took the Hungarian citizenship oath on July 19, 2011 in Soltvadkert. He said he is aware of the fact that having Hungarian citizenship infringing the Slovakian citizenship act.

(If you are a US or Canadian citizen, you might ask what is the big deal about dual citizenship? After all, it is a regular feature of the basic law in most countries. But not in Slovakia that has been founded on a chunk of land carved out from the former territory of Hungary after the Kingdom of Hungary was partitioned by global forces in Trianon, in 1919. Since then, Slovakia (and also the other neighboring countries that have received large chunks of land formerly part of Hungary) have been doing their best to drive out or assimilate millions of ethnic Hungarians that have become (Czech)Slovakian and other citizens without anybody asking their opinion. Ridden by inferiority complexes, the successive Slovakian governments intimidating ethnic Hungarians on an ongoing basis by denying them their most basic rights (for instance to use their mother tongue in official communications) that other European ethnic groups have long been enjoying. This is to remove the evidence that reminding them of the origin and the circumstances of the birth of their country.)

László Gubík is the head of the “Magyar Koalíció Pártja” (an ethnic Hungarian party in Felvidék) Léva branch and he has reasoned that as a law student and as a law-abiding citizen he can't hide his new citizenship from Slovakian authorities. "But on the contrary, I would like to continue working in my birthplace and do not intend to quit my Slovakian citizenship," says Gubík.

He referred to the relevant provisions of the Slovakian Constitution that states that Slovakian citizenship can't be stripped away from any citizen without his/her consent. Then, he pointed out that the amendment of the citizenship act passed by the Robert Fico government penalizes dual citizens, which is against the Slovakian constitution.

I got back what always belonged to me

The young law student writing his thesis on the relevance of the Holy Crown principle in contemporary times. The Holy Crown principle made possible the formation of a constitutional framework that integrated all peoples living in the Carpathian Basin. The new Hungarian citizenship act passed by the parliament this year implements this framework and creates a legal system that makes the unification of Hungarians possible regardless of their residency.

The young university student pointed out that his ancestors were all Hungarian citizens who lost their Hungarian citizenship as a result of the Trianon dictate. "By receiving the Hungarian citizenship, I just got back, what in luckier times I would have naturally entitled to receive said the young man.

Tribute to those who have been persecuted for merely being Hungarians

Gubík says he cannot expect that others follow his example, however, he believes that "this is the right way of identifying with the Hungarian nation by those living in Felvidék and the Carpathian Basin”.

"In the twenty-first century, this is my small way of showing respect to those who affirmed their Hungarian identities in ominous times, who were deported to forced labor camps, who were deprived of all their properties, who rejected forced assimilation and instead relocated to Hungary,” concluded his statement László Gubík.

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