Romanian anti-corruption protests might not unseat the government, but they’re still full of hope

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Why do Romanians care so much about corruption?

It’s -9 degrees in Bucharest, Romania. Hundreds of thousands have braved the cold to meet their friends, family and colleagues in front of the government building for another night of protests.

In early February protestors took to the streets in Romania to fight against an order issued by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his Social Democratic Party (PSD). The order, or decree, decriminalized corruption in government. Many of the PSD’s party members have convictions, including its leader Liviu Dragnea. This decree would scrap his charges for election fraud and abuse in office and make him eligible to become the next Prime Minister.

Choosing values like transparency and justice over the system they’ve lived with all their lives, Romanians have had enough and they’re determined to win.

Romanian anti-corruption protests might not unseat the government, but they’re still full of hope

 

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