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Following the release earlier this week of footage [ht.ly/NBnbd ] depicting a violent assault on an environmental activist and his guides in the forests of Romania, the country's Prime Minister has released the following statement:
'Prime Minister strongly condemns the physical assault on environmental activists, that took place on the banks of the Râul Alb, Hunedoara County'
"Prime Minister Victor Ponta strongly condemns the acts of physical aggression committed on May 24, 2015 on civil society activists who were documenting on some hydrological works on the Râul Alb, Hunedoara County, and requires state institutions to take all measures necessary to identify, capture and punish the perpetrators.
"Also, Prime Minister expresses his compassion for the victims of this incident and backs the call of the Coalition for the Environment in Romania."
Source: English - ht.ly/NBpg0 / Romanian - ht.ly/NBpyf
In a story concerning official enforcement actions connected to corruption allegations surrounding the construction of a micro-hydropower plant on the Râul Alb [White River], Romanian website mediafax.ro reported:
"The press release has been published after the Romanian Environment Coalition asked the president, Klaus Iohannis, and the prime-minister, Victor Ponta to take urgent measures to guarantee the security of environmental activists after the aggression act in the Hunedoara County. The Environment Coalition is made up of more than 30 organisations.
"On Sunday, two people – an environmental NGO representative and a company representative of a company building a micro hydro power plant in the village of Coroiesti, Hunedoara county at the base of the Retezat mountains – ended up at the hospital following a conflict between several people which has been filed on attempted murder and physical abuse charges.
"The spokesperson of the Hunedoara County Police, Bogdan Nitu, declared at the time that the local police of the Coroiesti village was called because of a spontaneous conflict between several people. The police officers that arrived at the place established that a man aged 40 of the Hateg town went together with other four people, representatives of an environmental NGO, to document the construction of a micro-hydro power plant in the Coroiesti village."
Source: www.mediafax.ro/social/perchezitii-dna-la-trei-institutii-privind-avizul-de-construire-a-microhid... / translation by EIA
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