ALDE MEP Norica Nicolai believes the video footages showing gendarmes hitting protesters with their hands in the air, during the DIsapora protest on August 10, are rigged.
“Many things can be done on a computer. I believe the video footages with gendarmes hitting people with their hands up in the air have been rigged. In the EU countries they act in the same way if the area delimited by the gendarmes is not respected. I may agree on anything, but not with violence and offense to the law enforcement forces. I don’t understand where the hate comes from,” Norica Nicolai said on Friday, quoted by adevarul.ro.
As Romania Journal reported, over 100,000 protesters gathered in Bucharest last Friday, in Victoriei Square for the Diaspora rally. All streets around the Government building were blocked by the police force. The first incidents began around 4 p.m. and since then until midnight, hundreds of people needed medical care. Instigators have set on fire various areas, throwing ledges and glasses at gendarmes. In their turn, gendarmes retorted by force. Tens of innocent protesters ended up in hospital.
452 people were injured overall (24 gendarmes), with 70 of them being hospitalized