Bogdan Pintilie announced that he was resigning from the National Liberal Party (PNL) after reactions to his online post showing a doctored photo of Brasov Deputy Mayor Flavia Boghiu.
“I want to publicly apologise to Ms Flavia Boghiu for yesterday’s post, a post I deleted also yesterday. I also want to apologise to all the ladies who have been victims of violence of any kind and who might have seen my post. Although the picture does not belong to me and I wrote in the text of the post that it is a pamphlet, I regret that it was misinterpreted and that I touched on such a sensitive subject that many women face. Since the subject was politically exploited, I decided to resign from PNL pending further clarifications,” Pintilie wrote on Facebook.
Brasov Mayor Allen Coliban of the Save Romania Union (USR) on Sunday accused a local leader of the National Liberal Youth (TNL) of threatening Deputy Mayor Flavia Boghiu in a Facebook post.
The post on the account of Liberal Bogdan Pintilie, to which the mayor refers, also includes a fake photo showing Deputy Mayor Flavia Boghiu with a bruised eye.
Boghiu also had a reaction to that post.
“The vice-president of the Liberal Youth, Bogdan Pintilie, thinks that I would look great when battered, with a bruised eye. The real estate developer Garbis-Vincentiu Kehaiyan, who wants to build the American Dream project on the hills of Schei, would like to see me in a wheelchair, would like to happen in Brasov what happened at Mogosoaia, where a fellow local councilor was threatened and assaulted. (…) No woman should worry about her own safety just because she has upset someone’s interests. I am sure that such cases are happening all over Romania. I think the time has come for us not to keep silent and to pretend it’s business as usual, and to send a clear message to all women who go through this: You are not alone! And for those who lack respect for women and the fear of the law, let us show them that such behaviours are unacceptable,” reads Boghiu’s Facebook post.
Pintilie explained on his Facebook page that he used a photo taken “from a/some journalist(s) in Brasov,” but the text that accompanies it belongs to him; it was a joke and “it has nothing to do with domestic violence or physical aggression.”
PNL’s Citu: I will not tolerate any form of incitement to violence
National leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Florin Citu says that he will not tolerate any form of incitement to violence, adding that the PNL Brasov chapter will deal with the exclusion of the National Liberal Youth (TNL) representative who had such a “slippage.”
“I will not tolerate actions, gestures or words that incite violence! Anything related to that matter will be firmly penalised by the National Liberal Party. The PNL Brasov chapter will deal with the exclusion of the National Liberal Youth (TNL) representative who had such a slippage,” reads a message published by Citu on the PNL’s Facebook page.
USR’s Ciolos: Trivialization of violence and increased aggressiveness in Romanian politics will soon lead to acts of aggression
The trivialization of violence and increased aggressiveness in Romanian politics will soon lead to actual acts of aggression, warns USR (Save Romania Union) leader Dacian Ciolos.
“After the Mogosoaia case, a new colleague from USR is being attacked by another PNL (National Liberal Party) member. Flavia Boghiu, deputy mayor of Brasov, is today the victim of a degrading and disrespectful act by a young Liberal who, without much in mind and without a sense of responsibility, thought that it was funny to spread pictures of our colleague saying that he would like to see her beaten. I urge my fellow politicians to stop this trend, which will generate real waves of aggression in the society from that moment when political aggression becomes commonplace,” Ciolos wrote on Facebook on Sunday.
He also urged his USR colleagues to “be calm and responsible” in the face of the aggression, which he says has become a habit on the part of members of other parties.
“I think that, in time, the PNL leadership should take extraordinary and swift action, because this is the second case in less than a week in which a PNL member is assaulting someone from the USR. I hope that the Liberal leaders find the necessary balance to understand that the degradation of the political life is a huge danger for the Romanian society, which is already facing such hard times. (…) I refuse to accept that we can do nothing but look when faced with such barbarianism and boorishness of such individuals who lost the last drop of decency,” wrote the USR leader.
Compiled from Agerpres