Budapest Mayor Calls For Minute Of Silence To Mark Trianon Centenary

  • 25 May 2020 7:28 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Budapest Mayor Calls For Minute Of Silence To Mark Trianon Centenary
Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony has proposed that the city should “stop for a minute” on June 4, the 100th anniversary of the Trianon Peace Treaty concluding World War I.

According to the mayor’s plan, at 4:30pm on June 4 all Budapest’s public transport services will be interrupted for one minute.

Karácsony asked motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians to follow suit, saying the city should observe, “a one minute silence, to let life start again by being a little closer together”.

In a Facebook entry on Sunday, Karácsony said that “bad decisions in the distant past as well as recent ones must be faced, not to cover old wounds but to better use opportunities in the future”.

The 1920 decision was “revoltingly unfair”, its signatories “trampling on the sovereignty of the nations” it impacted, Karácsony said, adding that under the treaty Hungary would be stripped of “two-thirds of its territory and national income”.

He said that 3.5 million Hungarian nationals became the subjects of surrounding states, while 400,000 had to leave their homelands.

“We also commemorate those people, Budapest’s first refugees, when we talk about Trianon,” the mayor said. “Pain should not turn into hatred, and facing the past should not mean giving up the future,” Karácsony said, and called for a “commemoration shared at least for one minute”.

Concerning Hungary’s policies towards ethnic Hungarian communities in areas that were ceded to other countries in 1920, Karácsony said that Hungary should use all its means to support ethnic kin but “any deed or word that could be interpreted as aimed at changing the borders must be prevented”.

MTI Photo: Zsolt Szigetváry

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