23 Jan 2018

50,000 protested against corruption in Romania

Tens of thousands of Romanians protested against government corruption on Jan. 20, particularly against the Social Democratic Party (PSD).

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50,000 protested against corruption in Romania - NewsMavens

Why this story matters:

The main concern is that the Ministry of Justice will soon have the power to impose its will on the judiciary thanks to new laws. Recently, many prosecutors from the General Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have handled cases against high-level political figures from different parties.

If the proposed laws go through, prosecutors will no longer be able to use call recordings or digital evidence in court, among other restrictions.

Romanians have been protesting these issues since February 2017. The last time so many citizens took the streets was the 1989 revolution.

politics,human rights

Details from the story:

  • A small group of protesters walked 450 km from Cluj-Napoca to Bucharest over 11 days, in an action called The Hope’s March. 
  • Sources differ regarding the number of protesters, with estimations between 20,000 and 70,000 in Bucharest. Some sources and foreign news agencies counted 50,000. Thousands protested in major cities, mainly Cluj (5,000), Timisoara (4,000) and Iasi (3,000).
  • PSD politician Ekaterina Andronescu, the former Minister of Education, claims forces outside Romania want the state to be unstable and unable to be governed.
  • The PSD Party is ruled by Liviu Dragnea, who has been convicted for bid rigging.
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