Three years since referendum held to oust ex- President Basescu: PM Ponta says July 29, 2012 will stay an extraordinary moment, comparable only to December 22, 1989

Prime Minister Victor Ponta says July 29, 2012, when a referendum was called to oust then President Train Basescu from office, will stay an extraordinary moment with him, comparable only to December 22, 1989, when late communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu fled Bucharest City by helicopter.

He says he and former national leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Crin Antonescu, back then together in the Social Liberal Union (USL), were the leaders of “an exceptional phenomenon,” and their merit was to “have represented it, but their fault was not carrying through with the people’s wish.”

“To me, July 29 will always be an extraordinary moment comparable only to December 22, 1989. In 2012, it was the day when 7.4 million citizens voted to take back their country from a sinister political character – Basescu – [from] a regime that was as much brutal and detested as the communist regime was, [and from] an as ferocious and strong propaganda system back then as now!” Ponta wrote Wednesday in a Facebook post in Romanian.

He added that he and Antonescu paying “a price for their ‘daring’ back then” was to be expected.

“Of course since then many of those who were defeated back then by popular wish have survived and thrived (what Blaga, Predoiu, MRU, Macovei, etc are doing now is just a confirmation for those who still harboured some illusions). And it was to be expected that I and Crin [Antonescu] (plus Liviu Dragnea, Radu Stroe and many other initiators) will pay a price for our “daring” back then,” says Ponta.

He also claims he was right back then, voicing gratitude to “the 7.4 million Romanians who sincerely believed that democracy and justice could be more than just empty words, but principles for the operation of a normal society.”

“It was not possible back then, it is not possible now, but I believe it will be possible in the future!” Ponta concluded.

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