A rally on self-determination for Zakarpattia was held near the Embassy of Ukraine in Budapest, despite Ukraine’s protest to such a provocation, as Ambassador of Ukraine to Hunfary Liubov Nepol wrote on Facebook.
The Ambassador noted that in response to Ukraine’s protests, Hungary emphasized the freedom of assembly and right to peaceful protests, in which people gather to phrase their opinion and reach some sort of joint attitude.
“I am sure that using those rights doesn’t justify the writing on the back of one of the participants “Zakarpattia lawfully belongs to Hungary. Self-determination for all oppressed nations forced to live in Ukraine,” Nepol emphasized.
150 people took part in the rally, while most of them are senior citizens.
Hungarian radical nationalist party Jobbik organized the rally. Member of the European Parliament from this party Krisztina Morvai, who wasn’t let into Ukraine in September, took part in the protest, as well as Tamás Gaudi-Nagy, who in 2014 wore a T-shirt saying “Crimea is Russia, and Zakarpattia is Hungary” to the PACE.
As it was reported earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary informed the Ukrainian Embassy about the rally on October 13 under the slogan “Self-determination for Zakarpattia”.
Later on, speaker of the Zakarpattia City State Administration Yaroslav Galas said that Jobbik was organizing the rally.