Mobilization has begun in the PSD organizations in the country for the supportive rally for PM Viorica Dancila, several leaders stating for MEDIAFAX that they will bring people in Bucharest in order to prove that the Government has the full support, despite the actions of the President and the Opposition.
PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea recently stated that if the government will be illegitimately taken, PSD will use “all the legal, constitutional, public and social means in order to ensure the respect of the citizens’ vote since December, 2016”, including a supportive rally for the Prime Minister.
PSD Vaslui Chairman, Dumitru Buzatu, claims that President Klaus Iohannis, as well as the Pro Romania and PNL leaders Victor Ponta and Ludovic Orban aim to remove the Government by their actions, so the branch he is leading will mobilize between 2,000 and 3,000 people for the rally in Bucharest.
“There is a concerted action of President Iohannis, Victor Ponta and Ludovic Orban, aiming to undermine the parliamentary majority and to remove the Government. This is the reason for which PSD has decided to organize a rally in Bucharest, since the agenda of the above mentioned persons isn’t the same with the people’s agenda, and we’ll see how people will react. On the occasion of the rally we’ll see if a large part of the population will answer to our call. There are many of our supporters who are willing to go to Bucharest on their own, in an organized framework, and we appreciate that we can send between 2,000 and 3,000 people from Vaslui to the rally, with coaches, their own cars, minibuses” Buzatu stated.
According to him, people have a feeling of frustration regarding the recent events, considering that public opinion isn’t favorable to the actins aiming to cause the fall of the Government.
PSD Maramures Chairman, Gabriel Zetea, appreciates that a supportive meeting for Viorica Dancila is needed in Bucharest, because the party members cannot agree with the concerted attacks of President Iohannis and the opposition against the PM. Zetea also propose a local rally in Baia Mare.
“A supportive rally for PM Viorica Dancila is needed, because PSD cannot accept the concerted attacks of the opposition and President Iohannis, especially since the measures taken by the Government are beneficial for the population. June 9 is not the final date for a rally in Bucharest, but it is the best for the county organizations. We are going to talk about how we will go to Bucharest, given that we, in Maramures, are quite far, and for this reason we propose a local rally in Baia Mare, in the same day. There are closer counties who can send more people” Zetea said.
PSD Cluj Chairman, MP Horia Nasra, appreciates that the PSD supportive rally for PM Dancila is justified, taking into account PNL’s actions, whose purpose is to remove the Government by means that are not electoral and democratic.
“In the recent months, we talked about the opportuneness of organizing a rally by which PSD members and supporters will show their support for the government. It will be a normal event in which there will participate very many party members, as well as Romanians willing to support this Government. Most probably, the rally will be held in Bucharest, and we are waiting for the PSD leadership’s decision. Such a rally is justified, taking into account the non-democratic actions of the PNL leader and the serious violation of the Constitution made by President Iohannis. PNL’s only purpose is to remove the Dancila Government by means that are not electoral and democratic” Nasra stated.
He stressed that Ludovic Orban’s action to fill a criminal complaint against PM Dancila related to the relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was correlated with the successive requests made by President Klaus Iohannis in order for PM Viorica Dancila to resign, so the head of state has lost his role of mediator and assumed the role of an instigator.
“As some of Romanians felt the need to go out in the street for certain political events and decisions, other Romanians feel the need to go out in the street also for political events and decisions. I believe that PNL Chairman’s action to fill a criminal complaint against the Prime Minister in order to remove the Government caused hostile feelings on our part of the public” the PSD Cluj Chairman added.
PSD Iasi Chairman stated on Monday that he will participate in the rally scheduled for June, 2018. “Of course I support it and I will participate. But first of all, this is a rally that supports the traditional family. I can’t tell you more because I am in a church right now” the PSD Iasi Chairman Maricel Popa stated on Monday to the MEDIAFAX correspondent.
Gabriela Firea: On June 9, we will organize a rally in Bucharest, to support the Dancila Government
Bucharest General Mayor Gabriela Firea announced on Monday that a large-scale rally will be organized on June 9 in Bucharest to support the Dancila Government, and similar actions are also announced in other localities of the country.
“Indeed, on June 9 we will organize a rally, also in Bucharest, with the largest scale. Similar actions will also exist throughout the country, in order to express our support for the Viorica Dancila Government this way, too, to implement the economic measures that are appreciated by Romanians. We have the parliamentary support, I’ve read comments saying that a Government can be supported only in Parliament. It’s not true, people can go out in the street with positive messages, not to remove something or somebody, in all the democratic countries” Gabriela Firea stated for Romania TV.
Adrian Tutuianu: At symbolic level, PSD rally must take place in Victory Square, because the image created is that Victory Square allegedly belongs only to certain protesters. PSD Dambovita can bring 20,000 people
PSD Dambovita can bring more than 20,000 people to the rally in Bucharest, but there are insufficient transport means, so the option of organising rallies in county seats is also being discussed, PSD Vice President and PSD Dambovita President Adrian Tutuianu (photo) told RFI on Tuesday. He claimed that each participant to the June 9 rally that PSD will organise in Bucharest will cover his/her own expenses, but that the party branch will intervene for those unable to do so. Tutuianu added that, “at symbolic level,” the event must be organised in Victory Square, “because the image has been created somewhere that Victory Square allegedly belongs only to certain protesters, and this is not true.” The Bucharest Pride Parade 2018 is also scheduled to take place in Victory Square on Saturday, June 9. The event, organised by the Accept association, is for the observance of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.
Adrian Tutuianu stated that the message of the PSD rally is that of support for the Government and the governance programme, against the backdrop in which “for some time now an attempt is being made, through various methods, to remove PSD and ALDE from the Government, in an attempt to take over the Government on the part of political forces that did not win it through the citizens’ vote.”
He claimed that this message of support for the current Government will be transmitted to the Romanians who voted PSD-ALDE: “It’s useful to show, from time to time, that there is an area of massive support for the PSD and the ruling coalition.”
Asked if it is not unusual for a ruling party to organise a rally of support for its own Government, against the backdrop in which it relies on a comfortable majority in Parliament, Adrian Tutuianu said that at this moment we are not in a situation in which Romanian society functions normally.
“Recently we have had four requests made by the Romanian President concerning a potential resignation of Ms Dancila. Likewise, we have an unprecedented thing, a criminal complaint for high treason lodged by Mr Ludovic Orban, the leader of the Opposition, a complaint that very many people labelled as hilarious. Likewise, we have these attempts to split the PSD and the ruling coalition. All these things call for a response on the parliamentary plane too, and this will be seen in case of a potential no-confidence motion, but they also call for a public reaction that would reaffirm our support for the ruling coalition and for the governance programme confirmed by Parliament,” the PSD Vice President stated.
Likewise, asked how many people PSD Dambovita will bring to the rally in Bucharest, Adrian Tutuianu said that the county branch he leads can bring more than 20,000 people to Bucharest, but the main difficulty has to do with the logistics, the branch lacking the necessary transport means, so that the option of organising rallies in county seats has also been discussed.
Asked what they would do if they fail to mobilise the masses as they plan, Tutuianu said that such a risk does not exist.
“I’ve consulted my party colleagues, there is an older desire on the part of many of our members and sympathisers to publicly express ourselves on topics that seem to be confiscated in the street by other political forces,” Tutuianu said, claiming that those who will come from counties will not be forced by anyone to do so, being “colleagues who want to express themselves.”
He admitted that the participants will be bused in at the rally in Bucharest because “there is no other way to transport them,” but claimed that each participant will cover his/her own expenses. “The party branch will intervene for those colleagues who are unable to do so. On the other hand, very many party members and sympathisers from Bucharest will be present. All those who voted for PSD and ALDE and who support this Government will be able to come at this rally,” Tutuianu said.
Concerning the location of the rally, he said that, “at symbolic level,” it must be organised in Victory Square, “because the image has been created somewhere that Victory Square allegedly belongs only to certain protesters, and this is not true.”