Incidents at the PSD rally in Galati. Social Democrats’ coaches were blocked by protesters laid on asphalt
Hundreds of PSD counterdemonstrators gathered on Saturday in downtown Galati blocked the coaches with PSD supporters and booed them for minutes.
Two coaches with PSD members leaving the rally organized on the plateau in front of the Trade Unions Cultural House of Galati were blocked on Saturday by protesters.
The first coach in which there were around 50 PSD members was stopped right near the Palace of Justice of Galati. The driver tried to continue moving the car, but the protesters laid on asphalt before him, blocking his advance. Finally, the driver moved back, managing to leave the main street and move on a secondary one, accompanied by the shouts and booing of the protesters.
The second coach was stopped by the same protesters near the Galati County Police Inspectorate. It also had to move back and leave on a secondary street.
A few hundreds of protesters who gathered in the area of the PSD rally tried to get closer to a group of PSD members that were leaving the rally by walking, but they were stopped by the police forces. However, they booed, shouted invectives and chants like “Dragnea’s servants”.
According to the gendarmes, although the crowd of protesters was nervous, there were no victims in any of the groups.
When the PSD rally started, there were around 200 protesters on the stairs of the palace of Justice, but their number increased up to 1,000, given that people who came from Braila and Bacau counties joined them.
During the rally, four people needed medical care, having fainting and lipothymy; one of them was hospitalized, according to the ISU Galati representatives.
Dragnea: There’s a group of bullies chasing us, wherever we go in the country. Iohannis and his people want to rule Romania with bats
Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea said that “stones and bats” were found on the protesters in Galati, and claimed that there is “a group of bullies” chasing the party’s representatives, wherever PSD goes in the country. “Iohannis and his people want to rule Romania with bats”, Dragnea stated.
Speaking about the progress made in the recent years, Dragnea said that life has begun to change in the rural areas and in the small cities, people have access to roads, water and sewage.
“There are things that were supposed to be done by others before. But what did they do? Hate, venom, division, swearing. There’s a group of bullies chasing us, wherever we go in the country. Yesterday evening, here, in Galati, stones and bats were found on them. Iohannis and his people want to rule Romania with bats. We don’t have the courage to keep the governing and win the coming elections”, Dragnea stated.
According to him, PSD has the obligation not to let the country “in the hands of the sellers”.
“They’re not hiding anymore, they say directly they want to cut pensions and salaries. Because they want Romania to continue to be a nation full of division, hate and frustrations”, the Social Democrat leader stated at Galati.
Why there weren’t protesters at the PNL rally in Iasi? Olguta Vasilescu’s answer: “The Heroes” of PNL have been guarded
Olguta Vasilescu stated that “the heroes” of PNL have been guarded at the Iasi rally by gendarmes, national police and SPP with dozens of cars for Klaus Iohannis and snipers. PSD’s spokesperson says that there was a quite high expense from public money for a few participants.
“«The Heroes» of PNL said that PSD leaders have the courage to go out on streets only guarded by gendarmes. They have been guarded today, at the Iasi rally, by gendarmes, national and local police, SPP, with dozens of cars for Klaus Iohannis and snipers on all the buildings… That’s a quite high expense from public money for a few participants…”, Lia Olguta Vasilescu wrote on Facebook on Saturday.
Her reaction comes in the context in which President Klaus Iohannis stated, at his first participation at a PNL rally that took place on Saturday in Iasi, that he came to Unirii Square by walking and people were very warm, unlike the PSD rally that took place on Thursday, also in Iasi.
“Let me tell you something about Iasi. I walked now until here. I know how things work. But it doesn’t match with the movie I say two days ago. People are very welcoming. People are very warm”, the Romanian President said, hinting to the PSD’s electoral rally organized on Thursday In Iasi, on the very day of the EU summit in Sibiu.
Dancila’s reaction after the protests she has encountered in the country: We’re not afraid by some people who shout. It’s very important to act in a civilized manner
“We are a courageous Government, we are not afraid of some people who shout, of a guy who sleeps in the Parliament and wants to do sports I the territory”, PM Viorica Dancila answered on Friday to a question regarding the protesters who waited for her in several regions of the country.
Romanian PM Viorica Dancila stated on Friday, at the end of a visit in the Giarmata commune, Timis County, that it’s important for the Romanians to act in a civilized manner. Asked about what she feels when she meets people protesting against her during her visits in the country, Viorica Dancila said everyone has the right to have an opinion, but criticism must be expressed respectfully.
“I believe each party has to express its point of view in a democracy, but in a civilized world, in a world in which there is respect, these things can be expressed in a polite way, in a way showing that arguments can be brought instead of offences and violence. People can protest, it’s their right, but I cannot understand, and I believe many Romanians cannot accept how they are acting. When you use violence and offenses, it means you don’t have arguments”, Viorica Dancila stated.
She said that the Government led by her has shown courage.
“We are a pretty courageous Government, we had the courage to take important decisions for this country, to impose very important projects for this country, so we won’t be afraid of some people who shout, of a guy who sleeps in the Parliament and wants to do sports I the territory. I believe it’s very important for us to act in a civilized manner”, PM added.
On Thursday and Friday, Viorica Dancila was awaited by dozens of protesters in Cluj-Napoca, Arad and Timis Counties.
Permanently followed by protests, Viorica Dancila accuses protesters of being violent: Verbal and physical violence is not a substitute for arguments and does not define the Romanian people
On Sunday, the Premier attended the Sambra Oilor event on the Huta Certeze Hill, in Satu Mare, where she stated that verbal and physical violence is not a substitute for arguments and does not define the Romanian people. The Prime Minister defined what “true Romanians” means.
“Faith, faith in God, faith that good always defeats evil, faith that true people, true Romanians are hard-working people, just like you are in this region, people who do credit to this region, people who have taken Romania’s name to various corners of the world, where they are respected for what they do, for being hard-working, for the way they took with them the traditions and customs from this part of the country, about faith in the fact that insults and jeers do not make us better Romanians, about faith that true Romanians base their attitude on arguments, about faith that verbal and physical violence is not a substitute for arguments and does not define the Romanian people,” Premier Dancila said.
The Prime Minister gave several definitions to “true Romanian.”
“True Romanians are people who have the tricolour in their heart, they are hard-working people, respectful people, they are people who are proud to be Romanians, people who take pride in their country, their community, their county, people who respect those with snowdrops at their temple and people who want to build a better future for our children. As Prime Minister of Romania, I believe in these Romanians, and believe that this is our future, this is Romania’s future. (…) You are a role model for many who behave inappropriately during such a beautiful holiday; they should learn from you what respect means and who is a good Romanian,” Dancila added.
Before taking part in the traditional Sambra Oilor event on the Huta Certeze hill and Moiseni, Satu Mare County, the Premier and ministers went to the church in Certeze commune. Viorica Dancila was accompanied by Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici, Health Minister Sorina Pintea, Defence Minister Gabriel Les and Agriculture Ministry Secretary of State Daniel Botanoiu.
On her arrival in Satu Mare, Premier Viorica Dancila was met by several dozen protesters, who chanted “Without forcemeat rolls and beer, PSD loses,” “If you support thieves your grandchildren will leave,” “PSD the red plague,” “Shame, shame, shame on you,” “Down with corruption.”
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