Romania should hold those “truly responsible” for the violent incident in the Valea Uzului (Úzvölgye) memorial cemetery responsible instead of penalising peaceful commemorators, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has said. Hungary expects Romania to conduct a “fair review” of last Thursday’s clash in the cemetery in eastern Romania, he said.
The cemetery in Valea Uzului is a resting place of Hungarian soldiers and others fallen in the first world war. In April, the local council erected a memorial site for Romanian soldiers. Ahead of the site’s inauguration on June 6, the visitors of that event clashed with Szekler demonstrators and eventually forced their way into the cemetery.
Speaking at a press conference on an unrelated matter, Szijjártó said that video recordings clearly show a “crowd attacking peaceful Hungarians and vandalising the cemetery”. It is unacceptable that Romanian authorities have punished the victims instead of the perpetrators of violence, he said.