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Bucharest Gendarmerie chief sacked over police protest

The chief of the Bucharest Gendar­merie, Gavrila Pop, was dismissed, on Thursday morning, at the orders of the Romanian Gendarmerie chief, Olimpiodor Antonescu, owing to his failure to intervene in the police Cotroceni Palace protest, on September 24, according to Mediafax. Pop was removed from office for poor management. The spokesman for the Romanian Gen­darmerie, Marius Teodorescu, confirmed the information and added that Pop would be replaced at the helm of the Bucharest Gendarmerie by the colonel Eugen Meran, who holds, at present, the office of first deputy chief of the institution. The decision comes one day after the state secretary in the Interior Minis­try, Dan Fatuloiu, stated that “heads may roll” following the report on the September 24 police protest at the Cotroceni Palace. The state secretary added that, according to the report, some of the culprits are al­ready un­der investigation at the Pro­secutor’s Office, namely, the five po­lice agents who were carrying guns. At the same time, some of the protesters were fined for taking part in an illegal manifestation, and others received disciplinary sanctions, as their superiors saw fit. On Septem­ber 24, after the organised protest of the Police and Prison trade unions, in front of the Government’s headquarters, most of the protesters hea­ded to Cotroceni Palace, where they cried insults and threw off their hats, displeased with the wage cuts. The gendarmes did not intervene to put an end to this unauthorised meeting.

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