The situation regarding the illegal occupation of the war cemetery in Valea Uzului/Úz-völgye has arrived to a new chapter: the local government of Dărmănești/Dormánfalva started to retroactively acquire the permits necessary for the concrete crosses that they had already put up back in April. It is clear from this that in the moment of making these modifications in the cemetery the local government in question did not have the documents and permits required by law, but despite this, no charges have been brought against the local council or its leader.

On June 24th, the Romanian Ministry of Culture retroactively approved the artistic concept of the illegally erected concrete monument in the cemetery, as well as the 50 concrete crosses put up in memory of the Romanian soldiers buried there. According to this document the local council of Dărmănești/Dormánfalva asked for the approval of the monument and the crosses on May 27th, that is one month after their construction had been finished.

It is apparent from the plans attached by the local government to their request that beside the small crosses, a bigger one was also erected, one that is clearly designed based on legionary symbols, which are forbidden in Romania. The legionary movement was founded in 1927 and it was banned in 1941. Its members took part in the extermination of Jews and in organising pogroms. Around 350-400 thousand Jews fell victim to their cruelties in Romania.

“On Tuesday morning I met with Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, whom I asked to withdraw the approval graned by the Minister of Culture, through which they declared the monument and the crosses illegally put up in the cemetery in Valea Uzului/Úz-völgye to be works of art. We find it unacceptable for the artistic concept of a legionary symbol to be approved!” – declared Hunor Kelemen, the president of RMDSZ.