A Hungarian Socialist MEP has called for taking immediate and tough measures against those who had assaulted ethnic Hungarians in Serbia recently.
In a letter addressed to Serbian Premier Ivica Dacic on Monday, Csaba Tabajdi urged the Serbian authorities to take immediate, resolute and effective measures to pacify anti-Hungarian sentiments and “force back anti-Hungarian actions”, which have become more frequent over the recent period.
Tabajdi’s letter came as a response to an assault on eight Hungarian youths in Subotica, northern Serbia, last weekend. The victims are supposed to have been attacked because they had talked in Hungarian.
“Serbia should guarantee the rights and security of ethnic minorities living on its territory, including the Hungarian community,” he wrote.
Serbia’s northenmost multi-ethnic province, Vojvodina, witha a total polulation of around 1.8 million, is inhabited by 290,000 ethnic Hungarians.