Hundreds demonstrate across Erdély for Székely autonomy

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Demonstrators made bonfires in Csíkszereda and across Eredély signalling that the flame of freedom inextinguishable

Due to the stormy wind, heavy rain and the bad weather in general, that paralyze Europe, this year less people attended the Erdély-wide demonstrations on Sunday for Székely territorial autonomy called for the Székely National Council.

In Sepsiszentgyörgy demonstrators gathered at the Turul Monument where they formed the map of Székelyland from torches.

The head of the Székely National Council Balázs Izsák read the protest manifesto in the presence of a Catalan flag.

He said a tectonic shift has been taking place in European politics. More and more regions or national communities expressing their desire for self-determination. Whether it is independence or autonomy the international community must review the rigid and obsolete interpretation of the right to self-determination, which currently, only applies to states.

In the name of protesters Izsák once again reiterated the need for territorial autonomy for Székelyland.

Demonstrators expressed their dissatisfaction with the Romanian government's refusal to engage in dialogue on the autonomy of Székelyland with the Székely people; in the meantime, they pledged allegiance to Székelyland including to the the 149 local governments - these issues will be more transparent after the planned referendum.

Zoltán Gazda, President of the Székely Council of Sepsiszék, emphasized the need for dialogue noting that while the Italian government was ready to negotiate with Veneto and Lombardy provinces for greater autonomy the Spanish government refused to do so regarding the Catalan people.

This could be a lesson for the Romanian government that refused to engage in dialogue with the Székely community, which can lead to an overflow of emotions.

At end of the event, Unitarian Pastor István Kovács stated that even if the stormy wind blew out the flames of the torches, nothing can extinguish the flame of freedom from the Székely people's hearts

(MTI -


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