Retired general Mircea Chelaru filed a complaint against the president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), accusing him of spreading war propaganda through comments made by the former following the incident in Valea Uzului/Úz-völgye on June 6th. The obvious goal of this was to publicly undermine Transylvanian Hungarians in the eyes of the international community, as well as the Romanian majority of the country, and also to distract attention from the actual problems, namely the 50 crosses illegally erected on the graves of the Hungarian soldiers, using public funds, despite the fact that Romanian authorities later confirmed that there are actually only 11 Romanian soldiers buried in the cemetery.

Chelaru was named Chief of the Romanian General Staff for a few months in 2000, currently he is vice-president of a nationalist political organisation called the Party of the Romanian Nation. His recent indignation was sparked by an interview that Hunor Kelemen gave to the Romanian programme of the French public radio RFI, following the violent occupation of the war cemetery in Valea Uzului/Úz-völgye, in which the president of RMDSZ related the events that occurred at the cemetery. During the broadcast he condemned those who attacked the human chain formed by the people of Szeklerland, completely broke the gate of the cemetery, pulled out the wooden crosses from the graves of the Hungarian soldiers and threw stones at the peaceful protesters, calling them vandals.

“This was organised by NGOs, priests, reserve soldiers, among them general Chelaru, and some former members of the European Parliament, who were also present at the scene. It is clear that this was an organised attack against the people forming the human chain” – declared the president of RMDSZ.

In his complaint the retired general accuses Hunor Kelemen of making threats, as well as spreading false information and war propaganda. According to him the president of RMDSZ endangered national security by undermining the trust of the citizens in the military. In the charges made Chelaru claims that Hunor Kelemen made his comments with the intention of provoking a violent conflict, which – according to the accuser – could have led to an armed conflict, and thus the comments constitute war propaganda.

As we have previously reported, in April of this year, Hungarians from Transylvania learned that the local government of Dărmănești/Dormánfalva (Bacău county) illegally took ownership of a First World War German, Austrian and Hungarian military cemetery actually belonging to the village of Sânmartin/Csíkszentmárton. The situation got even worse on June 6th, when several thousand Romanian commemorators forcefully broke into the cemetery, causing significant material and moral damages.

The situation is aggravated by the fact that none of the competent authorities brought charges against the illegal occupation of the cemetery or for using public funds to do this, nor were any of the people who violently broke into the cemetery and tore down its gate prosecuted. By contrast, some of the leaders of the Hungarian community, who had been peacefully praying in a human chain, were given hefty fines.