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August 13, 2022

Protests in University Square and Victoriei Square against restrictions imposed in context of pandemic

Hundreds of people are protesting on Saturday in the University Square and Victoriei Square in Bucharest against the restrictions imposed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the demonstrators blocked traffic in the University Square area, where a protest organized by the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) is taking place.

Protesters are shouting, among other things: “Resignation!”, “Freedom!”, “Shame, shame, shame on you!”. Some wave tricolor flags.

Several thousand protesters against the restrictions imposed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic began their march on Saturday, from University Square to Victoriei Square.

They shouted, among other things, “Down with the Government!”, “We will not give up!”, “Unity!” carrying banner with various messages, including: “Our children are not your guinea pigs!”, “Suceava”, “Wake up Romanians!”, “Timisoara is here!”, “Bologna present!”, “Rome present!”.

The protests take place in the day when a record number of 12,590 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 were recorded in the last 24 hours in Romania following about 79,000 tests nationwide.

As of Saturday, 1,257,145 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Romania. Of these, 1,127,564 were declared cured, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force, reported on Saturday. 184 related deaths were also reported. 12,740 people are now being treated in hospitals for COVID-19, of whom 1,400 are in intensive care.

To date, 9,662,547 RT-PCR tests and 3,339,910 rapid antigen tests have been processed nationwide.

In the last 24 hours, 26,553 RT-PCR tests were performed (11,613 based on the case definition and medical protocol and 14,940 on request) and 52,429 rapid antigen tests.

Aside from the newly confirmed cases, following the retesting of patients who were already positive, 3,090 people were reconfirmed positive.

In Bucharest, the incidence rate stood at 8.28 per thousand on Saturday. On Friday, seven towns around Bucharest reported incidence rate above 10 per thousand inhabitants, 11 in Dobroeşti and Bragadiru. Additionally, the city of Timişoara has reached an incidence rate of nearly 9 per thousand, RRI reports. Medical units across the country are overrun with patients needing urgent medical treatment.


DSU’s Arafat: AUR rally to be handled at public order level; rally that I know doesn’t have approval


The head of the Department for Emergency Situations, Raed Arafat, said in connection with the protest announced for Saturday in Bucharest by the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) representatives that “it is a situation that will be managed at the level of public order”, adding that as far as he knows, the demonstration “has no approval”.

He was asked about the fact that there could be more than 100 participants in the AUR rally announced for Saturday in Bucharest.

“The rule is the rule, it’s a rally that I know doesn’t have approval, but here, already, my law enforcement colleagues know what measures are being taken, how the situation is being handled. Anyway we cannot ask people who are discontent, either with vaccine or anything to have a vaccine, so this is a situation that will be managed at the level of public order,” Raed Arafat told a news conference at Victoria Palace of Government.


Via Agerpres

Photo: Facebook/George Simion


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