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UPDATE People protest in the streets of Brasov and Bucharest, showing solidarity with the anti-PSD manifestations in Timisoara

de L. Parvu, R.M. transl/adapt. C.B.     HotNews.ro
Marţi, 1 decembrie 2009, 18:17 English | Top News

Piata Universitatii, decembrie 2009
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Approximately 300 people protest in Brasov (Central Romania) on Tuesday afternoon, in the centre of the city, near the Revolution Crucifix, out of solidarity with the anti-PSD demonstrations in Timisoara (West), where Mircea Geoana, Crin Antonescu, Klaus Johanis and Gheorghe Ciuhandu signed the "Pact for Timisoara", Romanian news agency Mediafax informs. Around 500 people protested in the Universitatii Square on Tuesday, for over four hours, in a sign of solidarity with the anti-PSD protests in Timisoara. Participants said they will continue their protests on Wednesday as well.

Approximately 300 people protest in Brasov (Central Romania) on Tuesday afternoon, in the centre of the city, near the Revolution Crucifix, out of solidarity with the anti-PSD demonstrations in Timisoara (West), where Mircea Geoana, Crin Antonescu, Klaus Johanis and Gheorghe Ciuhandu signed the "Pact for Timisoara", Romanian news agency Mediafax informs.

The protesters, mostly youth, shouted "Down with the communism!", "Brasov, Timisoara, tomorrow all the country!", "Down with the dictatorship!", "Iliescu, don't forget, Romania is not yours!", "Shame, shame for the spilt blood". The youngsters sang Romania's national hymn and recited "Our heavenly Father".

The protesters bear the Romanian flag, scream, shout and whistle, claiming that the protest is spontaneous and they protests alongside with people in Timisoara, who had an anti-PSD reaction today in the Operei Square in the Western city.

Protester Stefan Munteanu said: "We don't want to return to communism. We saw what happened in Timisoara and that is why we took to the streets as well".

Tens of gendarmes insure the public order in the area. "We've got sufficient forces to ensure the public order. We've got several tens f gendarmes which will make sure that everything stays normal. We've not been informed about this protest. It is a spontaneous action" the Jandarmerie Brasov second in command cln Alexandru Marc declared.

At he time this item of news was posted on HotNews.ro, the growing number of protesters started to march towards the Revolution Crucifix, acting loudly.

Approximately 3,000 people took part in Mircea Geoana's electoral event in Timisoara, but anti-PSD protesters were also part of the crowd. The two groups were separated by a line of gendarmes.

Around 500 people protest in Romania's capital, in Universitatii Square

Most of the protesters are young, bear flags with a hole in the middle and sing "Better a tramp than a traitor, better hooligan than dictator, Better scamp than activist, Better dead than communist", a Romanian song that used to be heard during the 1989 Revolution and the events that followed shortly after.

The protest takes place near the fountain from the Universitate and the traffic is not blocked. Around 6 pm (local time), the gendarmes started to show up.

Presidential councillor Sebastian Lazaroiu is also in the square. He told HotNews.ro: "I'm on holiday. I came here to remember 1989. I did not organise anything".

Daniel Funeriu, Education designated minister, says that he came to the square after he got an SMS. He also declared that he did not organise anything.

Several messages have been posted on Twitter or transmitted via mobile phones, appealing to an anti-PSD protest, to show solidarity with the protests in Timisoara.  The protesters in Bucharest said they will carry on protesting on Wednesday as well.


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