Ukrainian nationalists staged a major provocation in Beregszász, Transcarpathia

Monday, November 13, 2017

About sixty Ukrainian nationalists staged a major provocation in Beregszász on Sunday.

They used pyrotechnic devices to make the spectacle more dramatic and intimidate the residents of the town made up mostly by ethnic Hungarians.

They tore the Hungarian flag off the mayor's office and wanted to burn it - but police officer prevented them to do so.

Transcarpathian Hungarians reported that participants of the event were members of known extremist Ukrainian organizations. They held banners with slogans like: "Glory to Ukraine!"," Down with Hungarian Chauvinism".

According to local news reports, the nationalist organizations are planning to continue the anti-Hungarian provocations in the coming days.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó reacted to the provocation by saying that Transcarpathian Hungarians "are not alone".

We will continue to fight until ethnic Hungarians will get back their rights to study in their native language, until it becomes clear to all that taking away the rights of minorities in Europe today is unacceptable.

In the meantime, Hungary called on Ukraine to curb the activities of nationalist groups that staged the provocation at the mayor's office in Beregszász said Péter Szijjártó on Monday in Brussels.

He also said that the ambassador of Ukraine to Budapest summoned to the foreign ministry due to the weekend incident stressing that the perpetrators must be held accountable for the provocation.

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