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August 14, 2022

Revolutionists back to the street

Six Iasi PDL MPs yesterday tabled a bill with a single article, declaring Iasi the city where the December 1989 Revolution began.

Approximately 400 members of revolutionist organisations from around the country gathered in Victoriei Square, in front of the Government, yesterday, to protest the cutting of indemnities and the failure to pay them to the fighters in the Romanian Revolution. During the rally, protesters were wearing placards and the Romanian flag and chanted anti-government and anti-president slogans.

‘We want a dialogue. We want this joy at least. We want to be seen, even if they lie to us beautifully,’ said the President of the Bucharest Revolution Victory Association, Vasile Pestreanu, quoted by ghimpele.ro. According to the same source, members of the National Bloc of 1989 Revolutionists, of the Bucharest Revolution Victory Association and of the Association of 22 December 1989 Revolution Fighters of Turda – Cluj participated. A delegation of the revolutionists was eventually seen by Labour Secretary of State Nicolae Ivaschescu. No official statements on the talks held at the government by the two parties had been made before the closure of this ‘Nine O’Clock’ issue.

Today the parliament will sit in joint session to celebrate the Day in the Memory of the Victims of Communism in Romania and the Day of the Victory of Romanian Revolution and Freedom. Seventy-seven delegates of the revolutionists’ associations will be able to sit in during the even following a decision made by the merged Standing Bureaus of the two chambers. Yesterday, PDL Vice-President Sever Voinescu  stated, in connection with an initiative of PDL MPs to declare Iasi as the city where the Romanian Revolution was initiated, that the very idea of deciding in parliament where the Revolution had begun seemed ‘a bit incongruous’ to him. In the context, Voinescu noted that the legislative initiative in question had not been discussed on the PDL National Standing Bureau (BPN). ‘I think the worst possible thing would be to politicise this matter. I personally think that the idea of establishing in parliament, by the vote of political groups, where the Romanian Revolution started is a bit incongruous. It is not the job of politicians. It is as if we tried to decide by vote when and where various historical events in Romania happened. I find it to be slightly exaggerated,’ Voinescu said.

PM Emil Boc is not any fonder of the idea either, says MP Ovidiu Gant, representing the German minority in parliament. According to a press release, during the ruling coalition meeting yesterday, the FDGR MP denounced the initiative, urging the PDL president and PM Emil Boc not to back the bill. ‘I said the initiative was an indignity towards Timisoara and asked for support against it. The premier reassured me that he would not support the initiative,’ said the FDGR MP, according to the quoted source.

The Iasi PDL parliamentary group made up of Senators Dumitru Oprea and Mihaela Popa and Deputies Cristina Dobre, Petru Movila, Nicusor Paduraru and Teodor Marius Spanu, tabled in the Chamber of Deputies, yesterday, a draft law with a single article declaring Iasi the city where the Romanian Revolution of December 1989 started. In the recitals of the law, the six PDL MPs from Iasi speak about ‘the courage and sacrifice’ of leaders of the anti-communist movement in Iasi, including Cassian Maria Spiridon, Stefan Pruteanu, Vasile Vicol, Aurel Stefanachi, Ionel Sacaleanu, Valentin Odobescu and Titi Iacob.

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