Politicians Cling to Power Delegitimize Citizens As They Attempt To ‘Drain the Swamp’

Politicians Cling to Power Delegitimize Citizens As They Attempt To ‘Drain the Swamp’

The protests against the Government are still going strong in Bucharest and in the major cities of Romania. On Sunday, tens of thousands of people went on the streets and continued to display their wish that the Social Democrat government should resign. The Cabinet of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu is only one month old and the people already ask for its resignation after an emergency decree legalizing corruption. The decree was cancelled by the Prime Minister on January 31, but the people are not stopping here.

Protests mixed with art

The highly controversial emergency decree received lots of critics not only from the people of Romania, but also from the country’s allies. This situation triggered the biggest movement of the masses since the fall of communism in 1989. Last Sunday, more than half a million people were out in the streets, protesting. The entire world saw last week a city engulfed in light, as the protesters were holding up lights coming from their phones, in one of the most beautiful images of this year’s beginning. Yesterday, the Romanians who were in the Victory Square in Bucharest formed the nation’s flag in a choreography resembling that of the football supporters.

The creator of the emergency decree, Justice Minister Florin Iordache also resigned. He said that he chose to do this in order to calm the masses. However, he insisted that his order did nothing wrong. As for the protests, the people are still not happy and ask for the government to step down because it can no longer be trusted. Yesterday night, 50,000 people gathered outside the headquarters of the government again. They kept on chanting against it and showed off incredibly inspired signs. Some were funny, some were ironical. All of them were against the people running the country at the moment.

A bizarre situation

However, even if the Prime Minister canceled the decree, the Parliament must still vote whether or not to confirm the withdrawal. The issue is that the Social Democrat Party still holds majority here. According to an interview of the Social Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea, the Parliament should accept the withdrawal as soon as possible.

One of the main issues that the people had with this emergency decree was that it would have benefitted Dragnea, of all people. He is on trial for abuse of power. This was the 13th night in a row when people went out in the streets in the capital city of Bucharest and in the other main cities of Romania. People who were in the Victory Square are saying that the Government should prepare for endless nights of protests. Unless they resign.

The people feel lied to and they do not trust the Government. Moreover, some of they said that these protests might evolve into some kind of movement against corruption. However, people need to do more. They need to make their voices heard. For their children and for those who will follow. The people in the streets are also remembering the victims of a deadly nightclub fire from October 2015. At the time, it was considered to have happened because of corruption.

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