Sunday, October 15, 2006

Nine O'Clock: Hungarians celebrated 500 years since the adoption of the National Szeckler Constitution

Hungarians celebrated 500 years since the adoption of the National Szeckler Constitution
published in issue 3788 page 15 at 2006-10-16


UDMR leader Marko Bela (photo) again spoke to the Hungarians gathered at Lutita yesterday about the Szeckerls’ autonomy, and stressed, in his speech, that they would only have a better life after their autonomy has been carried out, Mediafax reports. ‘Bucharest, Budapest or Brussels will not give the Szeckler a better life, only the Hungarians in Transylvania can do that by autonomy’, said the UDMR leader. Marko stated that the Szeckler had gathered at Lutita like their ancestors had done 500 years before and that, ‘although Hungarians in Ardeal had been through several centuries, only one thing has remained constant: the Szeckler’. The UDMR president also said that there was need for a Constitution to provide a better life for Hungarians in Transylvania and that, in the Szeckler inhabited territories, ‘despite all impediments’, their language and culture could be preserved ‘although they were far away from Budapest’. That is to the dislike of many nationalist politicians who would like Hungarians in Romania to be assimilated, but that will never happen. To be Szeckler is not a disease, it is a pride, and our survival recipe is to establish our own seats and our own organisation’, said Marko. The Hungarian leader invited the representatives of the National Szeckler Council, of the Hungarian Civic Union and of UDMR to cooperate for the goal of obtaining the autonomy of the Szeckler County. ‘Autonomy and solidarity – this is how we want to live in Romania and Europe. So help us Go’, Marko Bela closed his address. About 1,500 Hungarians attended the gathering at Lutita, on Sunday, to mark 500 years since the adoption of the National Szeckler Constitution (1506) and 158 since the National Szeckelrs’ Assembly (1848), when, at Lutita, the administration subordinated to Vienna was abolished and when the Szeckler army led by Gabor Aron was created to support a Hungarian administration.
by Nine oClock

http://www.nineoclock.ro/index.php?page=detalii&categorie=homenews&id=20061016-5678

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