PNL has decided not to organise the human chain around the Palace of Parliament on Friday, as they had received an authorisation for a different location than the desired one and just for 1,500 persons. The decision was made during the National Standing Bureau of the party on Wednesday.
‘Already last Friday, at 10:30, PNL made a request to the Bucharest Municipality to organise a human chain around the Parliament building the day of the no-confidence vote initiated by PNL. The action was approved on Monday and we were going to meet with the Municipality officials to make the arrangements regarding traffic, parking etc. But, surprise! PSD wants to hold a counter-manifestation in the same place, at the same time, and the Municipality approved that. (…) In the end, after the discussions we have had today, we accepted Mircea Ionescu Quintus’ proposal and decided not to be a part of some manifestations that could bring back memories of the year 1990, because this is what it is about. The Social Democrat Party (PSD, major at rule) is doing what it knows best, which is counter-manifestations, counter-meetings and we wouldn’t want any Romanian to be harmed, regardless of who they are supporting and we have decided that the meetings in the counties to go on, at prefectures’ level, and during the month of June we shall organize a big meeting in Bucharest, on a date we would announce, by asking the General Mayor, Mr. Oprescu and the PSD to never come with a counter-manifestation, because that would be rude,’ said PNL Co-president Vasile Blaga (photo).
PNL announced last week that, on the day of the no-confidence vote, they will organise a human chain around the Palace of Parliament and obtained the necessary authorisation. PSD has also obtained authorisation for a counter-protest.
‘When we had a public meeting they provoked us and then we were blamed for what happened. I am convinced that holding a rally in the same place and at the same time is clearly meant to provoke us. We suggested we should postpone a rally a few days, one that Mr. Oprescu will hopefully spare’, said PNL Honorary President Mircea Ionescu Quintus.
Prime-Minister Victor Ponta was threatening the other day to make a criminal complaint against the PNL Co-presidents, Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga, if they bring the people in the street. Rovana Plumb, President of the National Council of PSD, said during a press conference on Sunday that PSD was not going to organise counter-protests to the actions announced by PNL in response to Ponta’s refusal to resign.