For the first time in the last 12 years, an ultra-nationalist party has entered the Romanian Parliament with a very strong support. This is incredibly worrying, as the Alliance for the Unity of Romanians (AUR) is totally against the minorities and promotes legionary ideas.

Just one day after the 2020 Parliamentary Elections, George Simion, co-president of the Alliance for the Unity of Romanians (AUR), known as the provocateur of the incidents in Valea Uzului/Úz-völgye, drew attention to himself with another anti-Hungarian demonstration.

He said: “The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) has no place in the Romanian Parliament. We respect the Hungarian community in Romania and we have ethnic Hungarian candidates in AUR who have entered the Parliament. AUR, however, opposes the establishment and operation of political parties on ethnic grounds.” His statement is aggressive and frightening to the Hungarian community.

George Simion declared that AUR would launch a national campaign to modify the Constitution to ban political parties established on ethnic grounds. Simion also stood as a candidate at the elections to the European Parliament on the 26th of May, 2020, when he released a campaign video, entitled “Let’s outlaw the so-called Szeklerland!” In his video, he falsely claimed that the ethnic Hungarians from Szeklerland want to separate the region from Romania, to oppress the Romanians who live there and they are helped by UDMR and by the Government.

Another proeminent member of AUR is Dan Tănasă, an anti-Hungarian blogger, the president of the Civic Association for Dignity in Europe (ADEC), known for filing lawsuits against the use of Hungarian symbols in Szeklerland and against Hungarian inscriptions.

Erika Benkő, director of the Mikó Imre Minority Rights Legal Services Assistance explained: „It is a very worrying situation that an extremist, ultra-nationalist political group with legionary roots has entered the parliament, a group whose sole purpose is to spread extremist ideas and to adopt anti-Hungarian laws.”