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May 9, 2021

Protest at PSD headquarters: revolutionists demand Iliescu to resign

A group of revolutionists staged a protest yesterday at the headquarters of PSD, demanding the resignation of former president Ion Iliescu from the party, and of the state secretary for revolutionists, Sorin Mester from this office. They are angry because the payment of their benefits has been repeatedly delayed. About half an hour after the start of the protest, Iliescu came out from the building to talk with the revolutionists, some of whom he accused of “disrespect” and “insolence,” Mediafax reports. After being booed by revolutionists yesterday, Iliescu got upset when some protesters reproached him that PSD did nothing to restore their rights, since it took the power at the government. They mainly blamed it for stopping the payment of benefits to revolutionists. “This is proof of utter disrespect… if I didn’t defend you…,” the former head of state reproached them. Iliescu told the revolutionists that it is former PM Emil Boc that cut their benefits. “Now the government is seeking solutions, but it has no provisions in this year’s budget,” he explained. He also told revolutionists that they are deeply wrong when they demand the resignation of Sorin Mester, instead of supporting him: “It is you who will lose if Mester leaves.” The revolutionists continued to argue with Iliescu, who got angry again and asked one of them: “Aren’t you ashamed?” Another revolutionist blamed Iliescu for receiving a pension worth ROL 100 M and having a good life, while some of those who participated in the revolution hanged themselves. “You speak nonsense; I have RON 6,000” Ion Iliescu retorted.Referring to the revolutionists’ complaints, PM Victor Ponta said yesterday that PDL issued thousands of fake revolutionist certificates and urged the State Secretariat for revolutionists to cancel them. He added that authorities will not pay money to the thousands of fake revolutionists that were granted this status “by PDL to be used as mass of manoeuvre” during possible street rallies. During the protest staged in front of PSD, three ambulances were called for two revolutionists that had health problems and were taken to hospital and for another that is on hunger strike.

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