Several Romanian organizations are planning a demonstration before the Romanian Consulate in Montreal on May 13 to show their support for Romania’s suspended President Traian Basescu, a press release says. The protest comes a week before the May 19 referendum where Romanians are asked to decide whether to remove Basescu from office or not.

Organizers of the Montreal protest are Canadian-based Romanian associations and media outlets. They also call Romanian organizations across the world to arrange similar demonstrations in areas with large Romanian communities, also on May 19.

They claim that “MPs who are now populating the Romanian Parliament have lost the support of the population and the only way to solve the serious political crisis facing Romania today is the organization of emergency early elections”.