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March 30, 2023

Thousands protest in Victoria Square; opposition leaders participate. Anti-Gov’t protests scheduled throughout the country and abroad

Thousands of Romanians are participating on Sunday in Victoria Square in a protest against the modification of justice laws.

They chant: “Justice, not corruption!”, “PSD – the read plague!”, “Resist, not give in!”

Protesters also carry banners reading: “All for justice!” and “You won’t steal my future!”

Moreover, some of the protesters carry crosses reading: “Measles”, “Immunoglobuline, “Severe Burn”, “Lack of medication,” “Internship”, “Tuberculosis,” “Family Medicine.”

Participating in the protests are also the Liberal leader Ludovic Orban, the leader of the Save Romania Union Dan Barna and the former Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos. Among the protesters are also PNL Vicepresident, Raluca Turcan, Liberal MP Florin Citu, former ministers Vlad Voiculescu, Raluca Pruna, Dragos Pislaru.


March commemorating King Mihai, followed by protest in Victory Square in Bucharest


A march commemorating King Mihai I was scheduled on Sunday, in Bucharest, to be followed by an anti-Government protest in Victory Square. Anti-Government protests were also scheduled in several cities throughout Romania, but also abroad, in London, Milan and Paris.

In Bucharest, people were asked to meet in Victory Square around 6 p.m., and to carry flags with mourning signs. From there, they were scheduled to take part in a commemorative march to King’s Square, to lay wreaths and light candles there.

Commemoration events were also scheduled in Pitesti and Oradea (1 December Park). In Pitesti, people were asked to meet at 3 p.m. outside the city hall building, and to march to Vasile Milea Square, to hold a moment of silence and light candles there.

In Bucharest, the commemoration march was to be followed by a protest against the current Government, in Victory Square.

“It’s the start of the dictatorship of theft in Romania and it’s only a matter of time until criminal dossiers will be opened at the party [headquarters], just like in the days of Rodica Stanoiu and Adrian Nastase; the embezzlement of our money will become once again an accepted and unpunished norm of political behaviour, and the harassment of independent magistrates will be a daily occurrence. All of us will continue to grow poorer and to live in a country without hospitals, without schools and without expressways, in which each one of us is mocked by abusive, incompetent, and corrupt public authorities. (…) Let’s defend our right to freedom and dignity, a right won with so much hardship. The PSD, ALDE and UDMR voting machine continues to grind our freedom, which we are dutybound to defend for us and for our children,” reads the event’s Facebook page.

Anti-Government protests were also scheduled in Alba Iulia (outside the prefecture building), Arad (city hall), Bacau (Tricolour Square), Baia Mare (Revolution Square), Bistrita (prefecture building), Brasov (prefecture building), Braila (city hall), Constanta (prefecture building), Craiova (Mihai Viteazul Square), Cluj (Memorandum Signatories’ Monument), Galati (prefecture), Iasi (Union Square), Petrosani (Culture House), Ploiesti, Oradea (Titan Park), Ramnicu Valcea, Satu Mare (Justice Palace), Suceava (prefecture), Targu Mures (prefecture) and Timisoara (Opera House Square).

Likewise, Romanians living abroad also announced their support for those protesting in Bucharest and other Romanian cities, organising similar events in Fribourg, Switzerland (Georges-Python Square), London (outside the Romanian embassy), Milan (consulate building) and Paris (Place de la Republique).


Photo: Facebook

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