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Above the law in Marosvásárhely / Târgu Mureș [Video]

On Friday evening residents of the Tamás Borsos Street in Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureș witnessed a scene you can only see in Emir Kusturica movies: a group of gypsies counting more than one hundred walked in front of the Maros/Mureș County Police headquarters to await the release a family member who had been held in custody for 24 hours. One person was riding a horse, just to hand it over to the awaited person so he could walk away from the police in “style”. It didn’t matter that he was riding the horse, and that the crowd following him were walking in the wrong direction against the traffic on a one-way street shouting, forcing drivers to pull over. Even the police car gave them priority, as you can see in the video.

The shocking video was posted by Punctul, a local newspaper, and raises a series of questions, some of which were asked of the police by local journalist Cristian Teodorescu. It took the police a day to formulate the answers, so read them carefully.

According to the police’s press release, on August 22 they arrested a 26-year-old man from Szászrégen/Reghin for blackmailing and threatening a 60-year-old man. The police held him in custody for 24 hours, and the next day at 9 p.m. when he was released many gathered to welcome the young man. (This person is Barcsa Anton, member of the Barcsa clan from Szászrégen.)

After riding the horse along Tamás Borsos Street, the group arrived in Bolyai square, where they continued their feast. Allegedly, police officers arrived at the scene, notified the participants, and, because they were just too loud and no violence was recorded, they didn’t intervene. In the end, however, they fined ten people RON 1,000 (~€230) each for a breach of the peace.

Title image: screen capture from the video posted by Punctul.

Author: István Fekete