An inside look at the biggest protests since ’89

I’m sure you are all familiar with the protests in Romania, which appeared in newspapers around the world. Looking at the news about an event is not enough to really understand the feelings, beliefs, and emotions involved.

So I decided to tell you how we felt, us, Romanians, about all these unfolding political decisions, riots, and divisions between people.

Romania’s progress is stuck between two generations: old and young.

 When the Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, was ousted and killed, the young, now old-aged, put their hopes in the new party, called PSD (Social Democratic Party). In fact, this party took advantage of the difficult situation in the country, seized power and stole as many possessions as they could from the country.

All this information is available to anyone, but elders today do not rely on the possibilities of the Internet and choose to inform only on TV and even that is divided into two opinion makers: those who handle and maintain PSD and those who are impartial, but unavoidable against PSD, due to mass manipulation and the fact that they are corrupt. 

Romanian division does not stop there.

For example, last days those sided with PSD took to the streets (obviously in much smaller number). While one side were tens of thousands of young people who supported the rule of law, in another part of the city, their parents or grandparents claimed entirely different principles. As I understood, at home there are many contradictory discussions, and politics has come to divide families. Fortunately, my parents are more open minded, do not let themselves get manipulated and encourage me to go out in the street to support my point of view and to fight for my future.



But do not get me wrong, people do not go out on the street to remove a party, even many who voted this party are out in the street. I focused on parties because we, most young people, are aware of the corruption of the party, we see manipulation on television and we expected them to take advantage of the law in their interest.

People took to the streets in when it was called into question an emergency ordinance that would remove the sins of many thieves in Romania, including PSD president, who is under investigation. People began to take to the streets since then, but they began to come out massively from the moment the government, without impudence, issued at midnight this ordinance.

Since that time the Romanian people woke up, many were angry, others sad, but too few indifferent. Suddenly we joined forces and have fought all for one purpose. One by one medium and large companies helped the protesters who were offered accommodation, free coffees, teas, while other gave its employees vacation, in order for them to participate in the protests.



During the first night of a great protest, the fans of a football team were paid to provoke some scandal to spoil the protest.



But after things calmed down and the perpetrators were taken to the police station, people went back to clean up the place. And so it happened every night. In a place in which 250 000 people stayed for hours, imagine yourself that at the end there was no longer a cigarette butt behind them. At the protest, the people sang in unison, looked at each other with warm eyes and suddenly we felt as brothers, not by blood, but by purpose.

I was at the protests as often as I could and I can tell you that I have never felt such a genuine patriotism. The protests themselves have a positive effect. Being surrounded by so many people fighting for truth and fairness, to see such kindness, people who came with tea and the kettle from home to warm up the protesters, to see old people who weren’t manipulated, to see children who are early learning about democracy, all of these made me feel part of a big family.



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