Gendarmerie on last night’s protest: “Our actions were eminently defensive, a proportionate response to protesters’ behaviour”

Anca Alexe 11/08/2018 | 10:44

The Romanian Gendarmerie is holding a press conference this morning following the violent clashes between officers and protesters during last night’s protest in Bucharest, where around 100,000 people gathered to chant against the PSD-ALDE coalition and the Dancila government. 

The main statements made by gendarmes:

  • 70 people are in the hospital; 11 of them gendarmerie officers
  • 8 criminal records opened last night, 33 individuals taken to police stations
  • Woman gendarme who was violently attacked after being isolated with a colleague at the edge of the square had an initial diagnosis of a possible cervical spine fracture; she is risking permanent paralysis, but no updates or her conditions since last night; her firearm was removed by one of the men attacking her, gendarmerie is searching for the weapon.
  • There were many messages in the public space spreading hate, violence, intolerance in the days before the protests – we issued a warning before the event saying that law enforcement will not tolerate such behaviour
  • Gendarmes received the order for a forceful intervention at 11:11 pm from Bucharest prefect Speranta Cliseru, a former personal counselor of Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea. Cliseru was named the new temporary prefect about a month ago through a government decision. She has previously been the Ilfov County prefect and also worked at the Voluntari City Hall, where Firea’s husband Florentin Pandele is the mayor.
  • The equipment used by officers last night were eminently defensive and only used as a reaction to attacks
  • Our responses were proportionate to the behaviour of protesters, used to re-establish the order
  • Those who stayed in the square were responsible for what happened to them
BR Magazine | Latest Issue

Download PDF: Business Review Magazine April 2024 Issue

The April 2024 issue of Business Review Magazine is now available in digital format, featuring the main cover story titled “Caring for People and for the Planet”. To download the magazine in
Anca Alexe | 12/04/2024 | 17:28
Advertisement Advertisement
Close ×

We use cookies for keeping our website reliable and secure, personalising content and ads, providing social media features and to analyse how our website is used.

Accept & continue