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Targu Mures: The Enduring Wound


Soon after ouster and execution of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Romanian and Hungarian residents of the city Târgu Mures clashed. The ethnic fighting was the worst in the immediate post-Berlin Wall period. Since then, the city has become something of a Romanian bastion, with ethnic Hungarians moving away in droves. Despite peaceful co-existence, palpable tension remains. While the two sides intermingle, they’re hardly united. . It’s a 20-year-old wound that won’t go away.

Soon after ouster and execution of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Romanian and Hungarian residents of the city Târgu Mures clashed. The ethnic fighting was the worst in the immediate post-Berlin Wall period. Since then, the city has become something of a Romanian bastion, with ethnic Hungarians moving away in droves. Despite peaceful co-existence, palpable tension remains. While the two sides intermingle, they’re hardly united. . It’s a 20-year-old wound that won’t go away.

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