Romania’s Ethnic Hungarians (April 1990)
From the MRG Archive
In December 1989, László Tokes, an ethnic Hungarian non-Conformist pastor in the Romanian city of Timişoara, defied the dread Securitate forces who came to evict him from his church. This action sparked the Romanian Revolution, resulting in the overthrow of Europe’s most brutal leader, Nicolae Ceauseseu.
The Hungarian minority and several others had reached their breaking point and could endure no more. The dawn of democracy was breaking in Eastern Europe in Ceauseseu’s Romania human rights violations continued – imprisonment and torture, minority groups denied public recognition of their language, culture, education and religion, communities threatened by mass eviction and demolition of villages.