Thousands protested against Diaspora vote obstruction over the weekend

“Bad luck, the country woke up” or “The thieves” were some of the watchwords. President B?sescu asked for the Foreign Affairs Minister’s resignation.  

Over 5,000 people (according to the Gendarmerie and Police estimations and over 10,000 if we listen to the organizers) have attended on Saturday evening, in Cluj-Napoca, a rally of solidarity with the Romanians living in Diaspora who couldn’t vote in the first round of the presidential elections. The protesters had slogans also against Victor Ponta asking for his resignation. The solidarity rallies were held in Bucharest, Brasov, Timisoara, Oradea, Iasi and Constanta as well. The rallies went on also on Sunday, when they were counteracted by PSD upholders.

In Bucharest, the protest started at University Square at 6 p.m. on Saturday and after two hours, while over 700 people gathered there, the protesters headed towards Romana Square, then the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Victory Way and the Historical Center, ending after five hours. One of the protesters said that what happened with the vote of Romanians living in Diaspora represents a jagged obstruction of rights and the responsible people are the ones who should organize more polling stations abroad and who aren’t doing so.

The same went also in Constanta, where the protest began at the same hour, people there having their own slogans such as “Romania is also the country of Romanians living abroad” or “When Diaspora is voting, Ponta is cheating”, “They can’t steal as much as we can vote”. The protest lasted for one hour and a half.

International media headlined the rallies taking place in Romania and according to RTBF (Belgian-French Radio-television), about 1,500 people asked for PM Ponta’s resignation in Timisoara. Yet, RTBF and AFP reported that thousands of people rallied on Saturday against the Government, accused of having “obstructed” the vote of the Romanians living abroad in the first round of the presidential elections won by PM Victor Ponta. Reuters underlined that thousands of people gathered in cities all over Romania in order to support their compatriots living abroad who have been “blocked” from voting in the first round.

At Brasov, on Sunday, over 200 people have participated at a protest against Victor Ponta and for manifesting their solidarity with the Romanians in Diaspora. Simultaneously, 300 PSD upholders took over the protest and the two protester camps clashed with Gendarmerie officers. Two persons have been brought to the Police station.

Brasov mayor, George Scripcaru (PDL), has delimited himself from the anti-Ponta protest by saying that the City Hall authorized the protest and he explained for Gandul daily that those who were shouting against Ponta on Sunday were the ones protesting against President B?sescu and ex-PM Emil Boc in 2012.

PM Victor Ponta stated in Sunday night that the discontent of the Romanians who could not vote in the first round is legitimate, but added that the recent protests across the country mean that Traian B?sescu and Klaus Iohannis are arranging to confiscate this topic and represent “a wicked plan against Romania.”

Nevertheless, President Traian B?sescu has again asked for the resignation of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Titus Corl??ean, after the latter has stated that it is illegal the organization of new polling stations abroad. “President Traian Basescu has been informed on the misinformation that Mr. Titus Corl??ean launched in his press statement on Friday, November 7, when he said his ministry cannot legally increase the number of polling stations abroad, although the Central Electoral Bureau has approved such a provision on November 4 and published in the Official Gazette as such,” reads a Presidential Administration press release. In retort, Romanian MFA informed that it made available for extra 800 persons for the runoff voting in the polling stations abroad.

Read also http://www.romaniajournal.ro/more-voting-booths-in-diaspora-for-the-runoff-request-for-more-polling-stations-dismissed/

 

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