Victim of Marosvásárhely anti-Hungarian pogrom Pál Cseresznyés passed away at age 75

Saturday, January 16, 2016

One of the victims of the anti-Hungarian Marosvásárhely pogrom Pál Cseresznyés has died at age 75. Cseresznyés was sentenced by a Romanian kangaroo court to 17 years in prison on fabricated attempted murder charges. He was accused of kicking a Romanian chauvinist who attacked the peaceful March 15th national holiday celebration in Marosvásárhely in 1990 as a result of a malicious anti-Hungarian hate-campaign by Romanian authorities.

Despite international pressure the Romanian Supreme Court upheld the verdict against Pál Cseresznyés. He was released from jail by presidential pardons after six years imprisonment.

Cseresznyés was tortured and humiliated throughout those years in prison in Marosvásárhely and Bucharest where he served his sentence.

After he was released from jail, he said: "For six years in jail, I was the number one enemy of Romania."

He published a book about his years in prison: "I forgive everyone, and I let God to serve justice to those who have made evil to me," he wrote.

A journalist once asked him what he would do if a similar incident broke out again? Cseresznyés gave a definite answer: "In case of a similar conflict broke out again I would take part in it; I would do anything for justice and for the freedom of the Székely nation.”

“I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.”
“May he rest in peace with God.”

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