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September 28, 2021
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New protests in Bucharest and in other large cities: Resignations do not suffice, Romanians continue to demand change of the political establishment in the street

New protests have begun Thursday evening in Bucharest and other large cities, for the third day in a row, after the outburst of anger generated by the Colectiv Club tragedy resulted in the resignation of the Victor Ponta Government, with protesters now demanding a new political class.
Pressure on the political class keeps augmenting day after day. Romanians were also in the street Wednesday night, after, on Tuesday, approximately 25,000 people had protested in Bucharest for over seven hours and a few more thousand in other Romanian cities, demanding the resignation of District 4 Mayor, Cristian Popescu Piedone, as well as of Deputy Prime-Minister Gabriel Oprea, following the Colectiv nightclub tragedy.
Although, following the Tuesday protests, both Prime-Minister Ponta and Mayor Piedone resigned and the deputy prime-minister also lost his office, approximately 100,000 people continued to protest in Bucharest and other cities, demanding a resetting of the political establishment after 25 years of democracy.
The protests started at Km 0 in the University Square. Like the previous night, people chanted ‘Corruption kills!’, ‘Different parties, same filth’, ‘We want change, not cathedrals!’ and ‘Down with the Mafia system!’
The protesters were holding banners with the text ‘They did not die, they woke us up!’ with reference to the 32 people who lost their lives in the tragic fire at the Colectiv.
The slogan ‘Be afraid, the people is rising!’ was the most often heard, which showed to the world what the people wants at this point when the country is in political crisis, but also the fact that Romanians expect more than resignations from politicians.
Part of the growing crowd started moving towards the Constitutiei Square where they chanted, in front of the Palace of Parliament ‘Thieves, thieves, go away all of you!’, ‘Please excuse us we cannot produce as much as you can steal’ and ‘Dissolution!’
The message ‘We’re not numbers/We’re free/We’re so alive/’cause the day we give in/Is the day we die’ could be read on several banners held up by the protesters, the text being the lyrics of one of the songs of the Goodbye to Gravity band that was performing at the Colectiv nightclub when the fire started Friday night.
The peaceful protest in the Capital went on until about 00:00 when the crowd started to gradually disperse and the traffic was resumed in the central area of Bucharest.
Protests are also announced in Bucharest and other cities, as well as in other countries with important Romanian communities in the next days.
Romanians also protested in Brasov, Constanta, Calarasi, Targoviste, Alba Iulia, Pitesti, Barlad, Vaslui, Ploiesti, Bacau, Botosani, Cluj-Napoca, Petrosani, Deva, Tulcea, Oradea, Bacau and Sibiu, with the most numerous, after Bucharest, being in Timisoara. Hundreds of Romanians also showed their solidarity in London, Chisinau and Paris.

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