During a press briefing on July 30th, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis spoke about the grave situation the country finds itself in due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and called for strict measures and sanctions, while also accusing the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), together with the main opposition party (PSD), for supposedly provoking the present health crisis.

This is the most recent in a series of anti-Hungarian statements by the head of state, who once again tried to incite hatred towards the Hungarian community by invoking the failed Autonomy Statute of Szeklerland, as he has done in late April as well, provoking a veritable anti-Hungarian hysteria at the time. As this is not the first time the President has engaged in xenophobic rhetoric targeting the Hungarian minority, his renewed comments are extremely serious and grave.

Following these recent statements, Hunor Kelemen, the president of RMDSZ declared that „President Iohannis is like a robot, he is doing the same thing since March: inciting hatred, while failing to preserve political neutrality and maintaining equal distance. I see a man, who is fixed in his mindset, whose thoughts and fixations revolve around the greatness of the government, while blaiming others for everything. He is constantly looking for scapegoats, pointing at others, at the opposition, at autonomy in Szeklerland – for the second time in the case of the latter. As if everybody else except him were spreading the virus, and he alone has to fight the pandemic.”