How PSD promotes its rally on Facebook: “Let’s say stop to fabricated dossiers”
PSD Secretary General Marian Neacsu has stated that he hopes Saturday’s rally will be peaceful and that he stakes on the responsibility of the leaders of #resist, the movement that has protested in Victory Square for many months. Several videos, distributed by PSD political leaders too, have been circulating online for several days now, their messages being: “They turned the judiciary into a political instrument and we allowed them,” “They tapped our phones and we accepted,” “Let’s say stop to fabricated dossiers, let’s say No to the deep state.”
“Even though the rally is indeed organised by PSD, all those who support our cause have been invited to take part in it. The ALDE colleagues have also announced their participation. Many Romanians from Bucharest, but also from other cities and villages, will be present in the square. I talked with people from Botosani yesterday, who are not PSD members, but they told me they want to be in Victory Square. So, we are not talking only about a PSD rally, because we are not defending only the cause of a party, we defend the democratic values and the rights and freedoms of citizens, regardless of their political affiliation,” PSD Secretary General Marian Neacsu stated for MEDIAFAX.
Regarding the accusations that President Klaus Iohannis and the Opposition leaders have levelled against the PSD’s initiative to hold a rally, the PSD Secretary General states that the party he represents is not organising a rally in defence of “power obtained undemocratically.”
“Elections took place in December 2016, and PSD ended up in Government democratically. PSD is governing Romania democratically. Undemocratic is the permanent action against the popular vote, some enforcement institutions’ abuse of power. Against these abuses we have decided it’s time to protest now. Our rally is the exercising of the freedom to protest and the freedom of expression. These are categorically democratic rights,” Marian Neacsu added.
#resist protesters announced two days ago that on Saturday they will go to Victory Square in their own turn, the place where they have been protesting for months. Subsequently, the Gendarmerie and the Bucharest City Hall announced that #resist lacks a permit to protest on Saturday. Shortly thereafter, a message pointing out that the protest will take place on Sunday, precisely in order not to coincide with the PSD rally, was posted on another social media site used to organise protests (Corruption Kills). The LGBT community’s rally is scheduled in Victory Square on Saturday too, several hours before the PSD rally.
“The LGBT rally is organised legally. It’s their right to express their own values and convictions. In what concerns the #resist protest, as far as I know it is not organised legally. PSD has never intervened, in any way, against the #resist protests, not even when they were not legal. We did that precisely because we considered that freedom of expression is an important thing, even though PSD was, every time, directly targeted by some of the harshest attacks. As organisers of Saturday’s rally, we have a responsibility in what concerns the proper unfolding of the event. We want to have a peaceful rally. The #resist movement must understand that it is our turn too to express our convictions, it is our right to do so. This is fundamental in any democracy. We won’t respond to provocations, if they exist. I also stake on the responsibility of the leaders of the #resist movement,” Neacsu stated.
“There are numerous ways through which an attempt is being made to compromise the rally”
PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Thursday that an attempt is being made to infiltrate among the protesters persons that would subsequently state in televised interviews that they were forced or paid to take part in the rally.
“There are numerous forms through which the compromising of the rally can be attempted. Mr Dragnea has listed only a few. For several days, we have been witnessing a negative campaign against what is, in a natural way, a right of ours. We expect other actions too. However, I want to point out the following. Not only will the participants come from all corners of the country and out of their own will, but there is real solidarity within the party and also among our supporters. We cannot be distracted in any way from the purpose of our action,” Neacsu added for MEDIAFAX.
PSD rally organisers ask participants to wear white blouses or folk costumes, to have on them the national anthem, small tricolour flags and pocket lamps or mobile phones with lighting systems
The organisers of the PSD rally that will take place on Saturday are asking participants to wear white blouses or folk costumes, to carry small tricolour flags, and to wear the party’s logo on their chest. Likewise, protesters will have to have on them the national anthem and pocket lamps or mobile phones with lighting systems.
According to an address sent to PSD Iasi, which includes, among other things, the route of the motor coaches and directions where the participants must get off, the organisers of Saturday’s rally want the protesters to wear white blouses or folk costumes, to carry small tricolour flags, to have a sticker with the party’s logo on their chest, and to have on them pocket lamps or mobile phones with lighting systems. Likewise, each protester must have the national anthem printed.
“Each motor coach will have 6 Romanian tricolour flags and one European Union flag (50-person group: 6 RO flags and 1 EU flag), as well as placards with various messages (the models have been emailed to each county branch),” the address reads.