Ethnic Hungarians demand autonomy in Romania

Thousands of ethnic Hungarians in Romania have marched for autonomy in the Transylvania province.

Ethnic Hungarians demand autonomy in Romania

World Bulletin / News Desk

Around 10,000 ethnic Hungarians in Romania marched in a demonstration for autonomy on Sunday in the region of Transylvania. The region used to be part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the end of World War I, after which it came under the administration of the Romanian government.

A twin protest was also held in Hungary to demand autonomy for the 1.2 million ethnic Hungarians living in Romania (6% of Romania's total population), which was organized by the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania.

Having long been denied minority status rights by the Romanian government, the group's leader Kelemen Hunor told The Associated Press news agency that they want territorial autonomy to maintain their ethnic identity as well as the right to develop their own economy.

Last Mod: 28 Ekim 2013, 14:27
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Andy Zubrits
Andy Zubrits - 6 yıl Before

"Thousands of ethnic Hungarians" - "Around 10,000" ???> There were this many sympathizers marching in Budapest and several other Hungarian cities; more woldwide!> Organizers/participating media claim 120,000 over 54 km! Even the "official" Romanian number is 15,000!