Romanian politician Nicusor Dan who’s running for mayor of Bucharest held an outdoors press conference next to a busy road on Friday, only to find himself interrupted by the deputy mayor who planted himself next to him.
The deputy mayor, Aurelian Badulescu, stood inches away from Dan and heckled and interrupted him.
Dan continued to speak, blasting the current mayor Gabriela Firea on the environment, traffic, the bankruptcy of the capital’s heating company, and public transport.
Local elections scheduled for this month have been postponed due to the coronavirus, and will likely be held in the fall. Firea is running for a second term.
As Badulescu cut in, Dan said: “We are sorry for the circus, which is characteristic of the Social Democratic Party.”
Dan is founding member of the Save Romania Union and is running for mayor of Bucharest for a third time. He is supported by the ruling Liberal Party which has a minority government.
He later said: “It is uncivilized, anti-democratic, regardless of who is talking, that is the first rule of democracy written in the constitution, the right of everyone to express their opinion,” Dan told Hotnews.
Leader of Save Romania Union Dan Barna called the incident “without precedent due to its violence and stupidity,” adding: “You won’t stop Nicusor. You want stop Bucharesters,” voting.
At one point, Dan tried to move Badulescu away, but he moved back in.