Jul 052017

During the inauguration of a new bridge over Somes river, the Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Emil Boc, asked the constructors to stay under the landmark as the first vehicles crossed above.

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Emil Boc (photo credit: wikimedia)

It meant to be an original way of checking the quality of the works that had been performed on the Traian bridge and this “tradition” is set be used in the future to verify the strength of similar infrastructure works.

“The constructor assumed the quality of the works and sat under the bridge when the first cars set into motion, and the bridge passed the test. Let’s hope that this bridge will last for 100 years, as the old one did for 85 years,” said the mayor.

The first driver who crossed the new bridge was awarded a diploma, a tie and a city album handed over by Mr. Boc.

The construction works on the new Traian bridge cost 6.5 million lei and started in August 2016. The bridge has four lanes, bicycle tracks and pedestrian walkways. “As of Saturday, the traffic will be open also for the public transport,” said the Mayor.

The old Traian Bridge over the Somes River was built between 1928 and 1931 and its costs amounted to 6.6 million lei at that time.

In 2013, due to its poor condition, a woman was about to fall into Somes through a hole that opened in the sidewalk.
Photo credit: By Razvan Socol [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Nov 092014

A large protest took place in the city of Cluj-Napoca from the Romanian province of Transylvania on Saturday evening. The event, that broke out as a sign of solidarity with the Romanians in the diaspora, gathered around 10,000 people, according to organizers and more than 8,000 according to security forces, cited by media outlets.

The crowd marched through the streets of Cluj demanding the resignation of the current Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean.

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Thousands of people rallied in Cluj to protest against government (Youtube/Marko Laszlo)

The people called also for a fair and transparent voting process for the second round of the presidential elections on 16 November. “Ponta keep in mind that Transylvania doesn’t want you” was evening’s main slogan as translated from Romanian language.

“I came here for my children’s future. Because of these bastards in the Government they had to leave the country ,” complaint one pensioner who joined the protesters. “It is unacceptable the way they mocked us on November 2,” added the young man flying a Romanian flag , while chanting “A sincere desire / Romania free!”

Most demonstrators expressed solid solidarity with the Romanians living abroad and students who were prevented from casting their ballots at the first polling round a week ago. The protesters carried placards and national flags, and some brought balloons with Mickey Mouse with whom PM Ponta is apparently compared. Moreover, “Klaus, Klaus, save us from Mickey Mouse” was one of the favorite chants of the protesters. To note that Klaus Iohannis is the opposition candidate for the Romanian presidency.

The rally was held in the historic center of Cluj, as the crowd set off from Union Square before marching along the Boulevard of Heroes and the 21 December 1989 street, where he demanded Victor Ponta’s Government to step down.

Video: Massive protest erupts in Cluj Napoca, Romania

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