Copyright CEMO - 2013
Christmas and New Year Illumination in Marosvásárhely
In 2008 the leadership of Marosvásárhely omitted to display a Hungarian "Happy New Year" banner in front of the Mayor's Office, an important place of the town. Member of CEMO think that in a city where Hungarian and Romanian people form almost equal portion of the total inhabitants, both languages should be present on the lingual landscape of the city.
CEMO has composed the following open letter related to this issue, and addressed it to the Mayor of Marosvásárhely.
The official in charge of the media relations accused our members with vision dysfunction and recommended us a dose of vitamin A, asserting that the Hungarian version banner of the "Happy New Year" is found across the street from the mayor's office.
Our organization proved the opposite with a photo. As the official in charge of media relations finally admitted, the banner in Hungarian language was put -- almost "smuggled"-- on the façade of the building across the Mayor's office during the dark of the night, as the result of our open letter.
"Discover the Maros valley!" Only in Romanian ... ?
As part of the Bilingualism Program CEMO monitorized the linguistic landscape of a festival organized in 2008 for promoting the Maros Valley, titled "Discover the Maros valley". The work was not overly complex, since the Hungarian inscriptions were completely missing from the linguistic image of the festival.
The open letter below was addressed to the chairman of Maros County Council as a reaction.
Questioning Open Letters
In May 2008 as part of the Bilingiual Program, CEMO wrote open letters to Hungarian city council members, to the prefect of Maros County, Ciprian Dobre, to Hungarian officials, civil servants and counselors.
March 15th in Marosvásárhely
15 March 2008
In 2008, during the March 15th commemoration held in Postarét square, in Marosvásárhely CEMO has shown a transparent calling for "Bilingualism in Marosvásárhely" and showing some existing good examples in street signs.
Members of CEMO distributed a quiz of 10 questions among the March 15th memorial participants, with the intention to draw the public attention, and also to raise consciousness. The objective of our action was to shed light upon the big deficiencies of the city's bilingualism, and to help the citizen's realize, that obtaining bilingualism is our common task and duty. The questions on the quiz draw attention to the Romanian ratification of international dispositions, charters and directives, and are related to those areas of everyday life, where the laws allow the usage of minority languages.