Some 1,000 people protested in the Victoriei Square on Sunday, urging PM Victor Ponta to resign. The protesters answered the call of the People’s Movement Party. The people shouted their dissatisfaction with the fact that Prime-Minister Victor Ponta, investigated in a criminal matter, was not resigning.
The protest started shortly after Victor Ponta’s press conference where he explained why he wasn’t going to quit.
PMP President Eugen Tomac, but also the Secretary General of the party, Dorel Onaca, were present among the protesters.
The protesters displayed placards writing: “Ponta, you don’t get the idea, we are not in North Korea,” “Ponta – PSD [Social Democratic Party]: unemployment and poverty for entire Romania,” “Ponta, resign!.”
PMP Chairman Eugen Tomac said that a prime minister accused of serious corruption deeds should understand that any extra day at the Government House generates negative effects on the country’s economy, capital market and the citizens of the state.
He pointed out that three days ago he requested the authorisation for this protest meeting, but didn’t receive an approval in this respect.
In another train of thought, Tomac added that he would demand the resignation of Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea, saying that some protesters were treated harshly by gendarmes.
Capital Gendarmerie spokesman Georgian Enache told Agerpres that the protest meeting is not authorised and protesters tried to leave the Victoria Square area and gendarmes relocated the operation in order to avoid traffic jam.
He pointed out that, according to the legislation in force, the fine for an unauthorised protest meeting for the natural entity organiser ranges between 1,000 and 10,000 lei and between 500 and 5,000 lei for each participant.
He added that the Capital Gendarmerie is going to take the measures required in this case.
As the organisers did not have all the legally required permits and incidents were reported, PMP was given a fine of RON 10,000. The rally lasted for approximately an hour and the crowd was peacefully dispersed by the gendarmes.