The local police have decided to set up “a special security area” in Silistea and Pungesti localities following the incidents that took place recently in the area where the plot of land owned by Chevron is located. Consequently, the number of law enforcement forces has been considerably boosted.
“This directive was given based on an order from the Interior Ministry, an order according to which the special security area as it is officially called can be set up within a small area where a criminal phenomenon is concentrated, in this case violence. As could be noticed following the analysis of recent events, the area for which the order was given presents the risk of serious disturbance of public order,” Alina Tonica, the spokesperson of the Vaslui County Police, stated for Mediafax.
During yesterday’s videoconference with the prefects, Florea Oprea, secretary of state within the Interior Ministry, asked law enforcement officers to intervene promptly in case protesters break the law and “hinder the natural use of public roads.” Approximately one hundred persons protested on Sunday evening within Bucharest’s University Square, asking for a stop to shale gas exploration and expressing their support for the protesters in Pungesti. The protest ended after three hours, three of the protesters being taken to police precincts for identification and two others being taken to hospital after they complained of pain to their legs. Gendarmerie representatives state that the three persons taken to police precincts had attempted to break through the line of gendarmes. The three were given fines of RON 500 each.
Over one hundred persons took part in a similar protest on Saturday evening too, in the same square. Some of the protesters tried to move from the sidewalk onto the street, planning to march towards the government building. The gendarmes formed a line in order to prevent them from moving onto the street, some of the protesters complaining that they were pushed by the gendarmes.