Protest staged in Parliament during PM Dancila’s speech
A spontaneous protest has been staged in front of the plenary session hall in Parliament on Wednesday, PM Viorica Dancila was delivering a speech about the Romania’s preparations in the view of taking over the EU Council Presidency in the first semester of 2019.
Protesters chanted „Freedom”, „DNA should come and take you”, „Ceausescu is not dead, is Dragnea’s in disguise,” „Nest of gangsters and thieves”, „Dragnea, don’t forget, this is not your country”.
The bodyguards of the Parliament say the protesters would have been invited by the USR lawmakers. The bodyguards tried to evict the protesters and pushed them back, but the protesters sat down and made a human chain, which made the bodyguards’ action impossible.
Protesters say they represent three NGOs, Iniţiativa Rezist, Rezistenţa and Iniţiativa Civică, all based in Bucharest. „We have filed a request to come here and it has been approved. We went directly to the USR group,” said Mihai Politianu, from the Iniţiativa România.
Asked by a journalist from Romania TV why they are though on a different floor than the one where the USR group has its offices, Politianu replied: „I would personally thank Mr. Ghita if he were here” (our note: Sebastian Ghita, investigated in several corruption files, currently in custody in Serbia, is the owner of Romania TV private broadcaster).
Angry Dragnea confronts journalists
PSD chairman and Chamber speaker Liviu Dragnea voiced his discontent with the protest and with the protesters’ slogans, refusing to make comments to the journalists.
„Is this the way you report and do your job? If such people came to your TV studios, would you still make broadcasts? You should make reports with the USR representatives,” Dragnea told journalists.