About 1,500 AUR members and supporters took part in a protest organized by party leaders on Tuesday. The protest against the COVID certificate from the Parliament culminated in a moment of vandalism in which several hundred protesters entered the courtyard of the Parliament and forced their entry into the Senate. Several cars were also damaged.

Images from the protest are circulating around the world, after being taken over by major international photo agencies. In the pictures are protesters pushing gendarmes, displaying banners or praying on their knees with icons in their hands.

A photo shows a moment of serious skidding, in which a protester draws a swastika on the flag of the European Union.

A protester draws a swastika on an EU flag while hundreds of people storm the entrance of the Romanian Parliament. Photo: Profimedia Images

The public assembly held on Tuesday in the Parliament area was not authorized, the Interior Ministry announced.

14 people, from 6 organizations, self-titled civic, respectively from a parliamentary group, became organizers of the event, for which 14 sanctions were applied to them, amounting to 140,000 lei, for violating the provisions of the Law no. 60/1991, regarding the organization and conduct of public meetings.

Also, 58 contravention sanctions were applied, amounting to 34,300 lei.

The head of the Bucharest Gendarmerie, Cătălin Stegăroiu, specified on Tuesday that “the assembly was peaceful and the situation was under control”.

The promotion in the public space of some fascist, legionary or Nazi symbols falls under the incidence of Law no. 217/2015, for the amendment and completion of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 31/2002, regarding the prohibition of fascist, racist or xenophobic organizations and symbols and the promotion of the cult of persons guilty of committing crimes against peace and humanity ”.

According to the law, in Romania, the public use of fascist, legionary, racist or xenophobic symbols is punishable by imprisonment from 3 months to 3 years and the prohibition of certain rights.

Editor : R.K.

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