Anti-PSD protesters attending electoral rallies might be investigated, Interior minister announces

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Interior minister Carmen Dan has announced in Oradea on Tuesday that police and gendarmes are in the process of identifying protesters and of viewing footage from the PSD electoral rallies last week in order to notify the Prosecutor’s Office in case criminal deeds are detected. Counter protests were staged by the PSD opponents during the electoral rallies in Iasi and Galati.

“If it is to make a statistic, I could say there have been no manifestations since the 90s to be dubbed by counter-protests in the same place,” minister Dan argued, while deploring the violence in the electoral campaign for the EP elections and stating she is not willing to tolerate any type of violence. Dan argued that it’s just one step from verbal violence to physical abuse.

I don’t think there is a vision to encourage violence and the aggressive manner during electoral campaigns anywhere in Europe if we are to talk about EP elections. I want all to understand that it’s just one step from verbal violence to physical abuse. And I don’t intend to encourage this under any circumstances. This is why the law on public gatherings clearly bans sub-urban demonstrations, particularly to avoid any risk on violence,” the minister pointed out.

Dan announced that the police and gendarmerie are currently making an assessment to identify and view images of protesters to sanction public nuisance offenses, arguing she will also notify the Prosecutor’s Office.

I think it is obvious for everybody that the contravention plan has been exceeded and it’s a criminal matter now,” Carmen Dan said, adding that there is no need to have victims to open criminal investigations, also voicing hope she will have prosecutors’ support in this regard.

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