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May 7, 2021

Street protests against DNA

The deputy president of the Iasi County Council (CJ), Victor Chirila (the National Liberal Party – PNL), moved shop in the street, yesterday, at a make-shift desk, set up in front of the institution, protesting against the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA)’s refusal to provide him with any information regarding the investigation he is the object of. He stated he would be at the disposal of citizens, mayors and county council members, without any fear that he is being tapped. Chirila stated that, as of Wednesday, he would stage a similar protest everyday, between 8 am and 4 pm. Two flags – of Romania and of the EU- were placed on the desk set up by Victor Chirila, along with a piece of cloth saying “A place without microphones”.

The other deputy president of the County Council, Constantin Adascalitei (the Social-Democrat Party – PSD), stated that he would act in sympathy of his colleague, joining him for several hours a day, at the same desk, in front of the institution.

On April 11, the deputy presidents of CJ Iasi, the Liberal Victor Chirila and the Social-Democrat Constantin Adas­calitei, discovered candid cameras concealed in the walls of their offices. DNA stated, subsequently, that all the legal procedures had been abided by, in setting up the said equipment. One day later, the two deputy presidents visited the office of DNA Iasi, where they had been summoned. On leaving the hearing, Victor Chirila and Constantin Adascalitei stated they had been told, by the DNA prosecutors, that they were the object of a criminal investigation, but that they were not told the charges, nor whether they had been the victims of a denunciation or whether someone had filed a complaint against them. The deputy presidents argue Cons­tan­tin Simirad is behind this and claim the latter was aware cameras had been hidden in the offices.

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