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Tariceanu: At this moment, the protests have obviously become political. If Opposition wants to accede to power this way, that cannot be accepted in a democratic country

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu claims that, at this moment, the street protests have become political, with the Opposition trying to regain people’s confidence. However, he says that if the Opposition wants to accede to power through street movements, doing so cannot be accepted in a democratic country.

“These protests, which at the beginning represented, in a way, what we call society, civil society, people who had some things they disagreed with, but were apolitical… at this moment they have obviously become political. They have become protests in which Opposition parties – with very poor presence in public life and without having the possibility to regain confidence, so against the backdrop of a deficit of confidence – seek to associate themselves with street movements in order to gain added credibility in their demands,” Tariceanu wrote on his Facebook page.

He points out that in all countries the Opposition wants to overturn the ruling majority and to accede to power, but this is usually done based on the citizens’ votes, expressed in free elections, not as a result of street protests. “If this is how the Opposition wants to come to power, I can only emphasise once again that such a formula cannot be accepted in a democratic country,” Tariceanu emphasises.

The Senate Speaker commented on the protests against the amending of the judicial laws on Sunday evening too, on RomaniaTV, and also talked about “corruption kills.”

Asked for his comment on the call for snap elections launched by the “Corruption Kills” online community, Tariceanu answered: “Thank God this country still has wise people and not everyone would do what Corruption that kills or that doesn’t kill demands. Depends on whom it kills, because corruption can actually kill those who shout these slogans and who surely find all kinds of extravagant formulas that people with a modicum of political experience and who know the rules of democracy pay no attention to.”

Headed by Ludovic Orban, Dan Barna and Dacian Ciolos, the leaders of PNL, USR and the ‘Romania 100’ Platform took part in Sunday evening’s protest in Victory Square.

 

Tomac: Opposition leaders’ participation in protests, meant to stage undecided Ciolos’s political comeback. The goal was not to issue a message of unity but to confiscate the protests

 

Popular Movement Party (PMP) Executive President Eugen Tomac says that PMP did not take part in an organised fashion in the protest in Victory Square because the protest was started by citizens concerned about PSD’s initiatives, not by political parties, and most PMP members were in the streets and nobody prevented or deterred any party member from taking to the streets. He also claims that the Opposition leaders went to the anti-Government protests on Sunday “in order to stage the political comeback of the undecided Dacian Ciolos,” and PMP was not there because it was not invited, the goal being not to issue a message of unity on the part of the Opposition parties but for certain political parties to confiscate the protests.

In a message posted on Facebook on Monday morning, Tomac says that two months ago, alongside Robert Turcescu, he took part, together with PNL and USR, in the meeting on the setting up of the special committee on judicial laws, demanded by PSD, and asked, alongside the other Opposition parties, that such a committee not be set up because its objective pertains to the activity of the House and Senate’s standing special committees.

He claims he was the only one of those present who warned that such a decision would infuriate the citizens who will stage protests outside the Palace of Parliament, and that the PMP decided, as parliamentary Opposition party, to vote against the setting up of this committee.

“We were the first who decided to walk out of this committee on special laws, and our colleague, Senator Dorin Badulescu, was the first to walk out of the room and no longer took part in any meeting, because we took the decision to leave the judicial laws untouched, as a part of society demands. We didn’t table any amendments, unlike our colleagues from PNL and USR, who sat at the table with Iordache and tabled dozens of amendments,” Tomac stated.

He also says that PMP did not take part in the protests in an organised fashion because the protest was started by citizens concerned about PSD’s initiatives, not by political parties, and most PMP members took to the streets and nobody prevented or deterred any party members from doing so.

Concerning the action undertaken by the Opposition leaders who took part in the protests in Victory Square, Tomac says it was organised in order to stage the political comeback of “the undecided” Dacian Ciolos, and PMP was not there because it was not invited.

“The goal being not to issue a message of unity on the part of the Opposition parties but for certain political parties to confiscate the protests. We remain on the same barricades with those who fight against PSD and its habits which pertain to the desire to subordinate the judiciary, even though in other fields we have views and approaches that differ from those of the other Opposition parties. (…) PMP is and will always be against the red plague!” the PMP leader added.

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