Moldavian President Voronin to Opposition Party Leader: “Go Fuck Yourself.”

August 28, 2009

Today, in Parliament.

Go fuck yourself. What, you’re threatening us, boy? We’ll find some other ways to deal with you.

Moldova’s Parliament convened today in its first session following the July 2009 elections. These words were uttered by Moldova’s president in reaction to a speech by one of the opposition leaders.  The incident was obscured from the place the cameras were located, but multiple sound recordings are available.

Find below two videos of Vlad Filat’s speech and Mr. Voronin’s reactions. Vlad Filat is the president of the Liberal-Democratic Party, which gained 18 out of the 101 seats in Moldova’s newly elected Parliament. The LDP is one of  four member parties in the Alliance for European Integration, a coalition of forces controlling 53 seats in Parliament, and forming a majority over the 48 seats controlled by the pro-Russian Communist Party.

Here is a translated transcript of the clip above:

Filat: I would like to make an announcement. Honored colleagues — I am referring especially to the parliamentary group of the Communist Party. Do not try, and we ask you, do not attempt to boycott today’s session. The people…

Voronin: Go fuck yourself.

Filat: That’s his upbringing, and what this man [Voronin] is able to do. In case…

Voronin: Don’t you dare threaten us, boy. He’s thinking that…

Filat: That’s what we all wanted to hear. In case… [he makes a third attempt to continue his speech]

Voronin: We will find other ways to deal with you.

Filat: … we will continue the parliamentary session with the Alliance [for European Integration].

Speaker of the Parliament: Thank you. Please convey to the secretary…

[Alliance members of the Parliament applaud.]

[The Communist group leaves the room.]

Filat tells the journalists, “Today’s outburst [the president's vulgar remarks] goes beyond any limit.”

Here is another video of the incident:

The Communist Party and its president Vladimir Voronin have been in power in Moldova for the last eight years, during which Moldova has sunk to being Europe’s poorest country, and has seen its neighbor Romania accede to the European Union. After the Communists’ possibly fraudulent win in April 2009′s parliamentary elections, street protests in the capital city of Chişinău turned violent and led to the destruction of the buildings of Parliament and Presidency. Evidence surfaced afterwards that the protesters were provoked by agents loyal to the party in power. After the parliament failed to elect a President (the Communists lacking a single vote), repeated elections were held in July.

Moldova has been separated from  Romania by the 1939 Ribbentrop-Molotov pact between Nazi Germany and the USSR. To this day, there is Russian military presence in a breakaway region near Moldova’s eastern border. With state-controlled media and a quarter of its working population employed abroad, Moldova is struggling between those nostalgic for the days of Stalin’s glory, and those who seek the promise of a better future inside the European Union.


Întrebare

December 2, 2008
(8)
N-ajunge iataganul barbarei semilune,
A cărui plăgi fatale şi azi le mai simţim;
Acum se vâră cnuta în vetrele străbune,
Dar martor ne e Domnul că vii nu o primim.

(11)
Preoţi, cu crucea-n frunte căci oastea e creştină,
Deviza-i libertate şi scopul ei preasfânt.
Murim mai bine-n luptă, cu glorie deplină,
Decât să fim sclavi iarăşi în vechiul nost’pământ.

?

(ART 29.1)
Libertatea gândirii şi a opiniilor, precum şi libertatea credinţelor religioase nu pot fi îngradite sub nici o formă. Nimeni nu poate fi constrâns să adopte o opinie ori să adere la o credinţă religioasă, contrare convingerilor sale.

(ART 30.7)
Sunt interzise de lege defăimarea ţării şi a naţiunii, îndemnul la război de agresiune, la ură naţională, rasială, de clasă sau religioasă, incitarea la discriminare, la separatism teritorial sau la violenţă publică, precum şi manifestările obscene, contrare bunelor moravuri.


Enigma Otiliei

June 2, 2008

de George Călinescu.

(spoiler warning)

Autorul este un campion la lungimea descrierilor, detaliile sale devenind de o minuţiozitate dureroasă. Abundenţa termenilor în franceză (cu presupunerea că toată lumea o cunoaşte) măreşte tentaţia de a abandona opera

Dacă romanul ar fi divizat în două părţi: (1) poveste de dragoste şi (2) despre moştenire şi familie; aş fi renunţat fără mari regrete la partea a doua. Combinaţia acestora stă să demonstreze, probabil, că drumul prin viaţă nu este niciodată o linie dreaptă. Chiar înarmat cu aceste idei, sfârşitul m-a lăsat cu gura căscată:

“Cine a fost în stare de atîta stăpînire, e capabil să învingă şi o dragoste nepotrivită pentru marele lui viitor.

Otilia”

    Două lucruri care m-au surprins:

    • expresia “& co.” atât de frecventă în ziua de azi era folosită chiar şi 100 de ani în urmă, în forma “et Co”.
    • calificativele “fain”, “faină” erau folosite de pe atunci (din germană, nu din engleză cum credeam).

    Citate: Read the rest of this entry »


    …silence

    September 25, 2007

    I know I have absolutely *no* excuse for ignoring this blog for so long, so let me write up a short update on my situation: most of my time these days (except school) is spent at the EAC preparing for the upcoming SAT test in October. I have to go to Iasi, Romania to sit the test, because there is no October test in Moldova / Ukraine. The fact that Romania is part of the EU means they now require visas for us, and there is a 1+ month queue at the embassy. [sarcasm on] Talk about civilized people. [sarcasm off] Anyway, all odds are against my getting the visa in time.

    I promise to write more after this is over.


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