Military prosecutors decline file on August 10 protest rally to DIICOT

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The military prosecutors with the Prosecutor’s General Office have declined the investigation on the Diaspora protest rally on August 10, 2018 to the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), a file in which several Gendarmerie and Interior Ministry chiefs are charged.

The decision is made as DIICOT had requested the file to analyse the possibility to connect it to the one opened following a Gendarmerie complaint, pointing to activities against the constitutional order, ziare.com reports.

The military prosecutors have investigated the case for 11 months. In September 2018, chiefs of Gendarmerie, the chief coordinator of the intervention, the chief of Bucharest Gendarmerie and a former state secretary with the Interior Ministry were charged.

Over 100,000 protesters have gathered in Bucharest on August 10, 2018, in Victoriei Square for the Diaspora rally. All streets around the Government building were blocked by the police forces. The first incidents began around 4 p.m. and 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 have been injured overall (24 gendarmes), with 70 of them being hospitalized.

Hundreds of criminal complaints against gendarmes were registered at the Military Prosecutor’s Office in Bucharest and military prosecutors have heard 127 people in the first few days after the rally, in the case of the violence during the Diaspora rally on August 10.

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