Approximately 1,500 AUR (Alliance for the Union of Romanians) supporters and MPs gathered in the morning in the Parliament Palace area to protest the introduction of the green COVID certificate and the restrictions imposed in the context of the pandemic.
Traffic in the area was blocked, and the Road Brigade ordered the restriction of the traffic on Natiunile Unite Avenue, the segment between B.P. Hasdeu and Libertatii avenues, as well as on the first lane of traffic on Calea 13 Septembrie Avenue, from Liberty Boulevard towards the Marriot Hotel.
Specialist teams of the Gendarmerie are discussing with the protesters who managed to enter the courtyard of the Parliament Palace, with the law enforcement now trying to convince them to leave the area.
“At this point, through our dialogue teams, we are urging the persons to leave the outside area belonging to the institutions. So far, the Gendarmerie has not used force or other equipment,” said the Directorate General of the Bucharest Municipality Gendarmerie.
The Capital City Gendarmerie calls on the participants in the protest to cooperate, to follow the indications and head towards the exit from the Parliament Palace courtyard and go to the area indicated by the law enforcement.
Sources: Japanese, US embassies’ cars vandalized by protesters
The cars of the embassies of Japan and the USA in Romania were vandalized, on Tuesday, by the protesters, in the courtyard of the Senate, according to some sources.
The same sources specified that an official of the US embassy had, on Tuesday, a meeting with the president of the Senate, Florin Citu. But, later, Florin Citu left the Senate, and the meeting with the Japanese ambassador no longer took place.
AUR’s Simion, asked if MPs blocked in Parliament: Only those not voting certificate can go out
Alliance for Romanian’s Union (AUR) MPs leader George Simion maintained on Tuesday that MPs “coming in front of people and saying they will not vote for the certificate” will not remain blocked in Parliament.
Asked if MPs shall remain blocked in Parliament, Simion said: “No, only those coming out in front of the people and saying they will not vote for the certificate can come out and Romanians will not hold anything against them, they will applaud them, I suppose,” the AUR leader added.
Referring to a car having been vandalized, he showed that “it belongs to a driver of an MP who showed the middle finger towards protesters.” “He incited, he shouldn’t have done so, people are tensed enough, because no MP has come to talk to them. (…) Atmosphere in society is very tensed. (…) Of course [AUR will continue the protests] until it receives guarantees from PM Ciuca that he doesn’t assume responsibility on the green certificate,” Simion said, according to Agerpres.
Bucharest prefect calls for observance of Gendarmerie directions, protesters leave outer area of Parliament Palace
On Tuesday, Bucharest Prefect Alexandra Vacaru called for the due observance of the directions of the Gendarmerie representatives, and the protesters to leave the outer area of the Palace of Parliament.
The prefecture said in a press release that Alexandra Vacaru maintains “permanent communication with all institutional and social levels” in order to maintain a climate of social peace and prevent social tensions.
“I call for responsibility from those involved in communicating the events. Law enforcement, the Institution of the Prefect and other authorities present, we act to defend the rule of law, the public peace and the security of the citizen, as well as the rights and freedoms of citizens, under the conditions provided by law,” specified the prefect of the Capital.