Romania's license plate protest

A Romanian man registered a car in Sweden with the Romanian equivalent of "Fuck PSD" as his plate number, triggering a wave of copycats.

Delia Budurca
Delia Budurca NewsMavens, Romania
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Car with "Muie PSD" license plate. Twitter

Why this story matters:

As soon as the man entered Romania, pictures of the car went viral and prompted others to express their frustration in a similar manner.

A citizen from Cluj wrote the same words on a hill near the city. With a friend, a GPS and a tractor, over the course of three hours, the man created letters 60 meters long and 3 meters wide. The message is visible from a plane. Another car was recently registered in Belgium with a similar licence plate. 

Three weeks earlier, on June 26, a UK citizen registered an Internet domain with the same name. The address, redirects to the initiative of the opposition party, the USR, which gathers signatures for the campaign "Without Criminal Convicts in Public Positions." The campaign aims to remove people with criminal convictions from the government. This is likely aimed at the chief of the governing party, Liviu Dragnea, who has been convicted twice.

Details from the story:

  • In Sweden, for 640 euros, you can register your car under any combination of 7 letters and / or numbers you want as long as it has not been registered by anyone else.
  • In Romania, licence plates contain a combination of numbers and three letters which may have a personalized meaning, but it is forbidden to use obscenities.
  • The car entered the country on July 18.
  • The ongoing campaign to remove people with criminal convictions from the government needs 500,000 signatures from 21 counties out of Romania's 42. At the current moment, 357,000 signatures have been collected.
  • PSD stands for Partidul Social Democrat (Social Democratic Party).
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