Former Romanian president Traian Băsescu has recently posted a text on his Facebook page in which he mentioned that on the 29th of July, the Day of the Romanian National Anthem, a black flag was raised on the town hall building of Sfântu Gheorghe/Sepsiszentgyörgy, next to the national flag. Moreover, he added that “also in Szeklerland, mayors frequently hoist the Szekler flag on town halls and county council buildings instead of the national flag”.

These statements are not only misleading, but clearly denote the intention of the former president to incite hatred against Hungarians in Romania.  As clarified by the mayor of Sfântu Gheorghe/Sepsiszentgyörgy, the black flag was put up due to the fact that one of the honorary citizens of the town has passed away.

Sadly, it is not uncommon that during the summer recess of the Parliament, due to a lack of policy debate on serious issues, nationalistic politicians use anti-Hungarian discourse as a means of creating a platform for themselves.