A new protest rally has been announced on Sunday under the slogan ‘Repeal the Ordinance!’ The protest starts in Victoriei Square at 18.00h and is to be followed by a march to the Justice Ministry.
“At 19.00h we start the march to the Justice Ministry. The issue at stake these days is the independence of justice,” the organisers announce on Facebook, with the event called ‘March to the Ministry of Justice: repeal the Ordinance!’
The organisers say the protests will continue until GEO 7/2019 is repealed and the special section for investigating magistrates is disbanded, ziare.com reports.
“The Prosecutor’s Offices in the country have suspended activity. Prosecutors and judges as well stage daily protests in front of the courts. We stand united with their demands and our message for them is not to give up against the Government. We stand united, we value their work and we’ll fight together to the end, for the same set of values,” the organisers say.
Last Sunday, tens of thousands took to the streets again in Bucharest and several big cities in Romania, like Cluj-Napoca or Sibiu, against the ruling coalition’s moves to amend the justice laws again. The mobilisation was significant, the largest protest since the Diaspora rally on August 10, 2018,
Protesters have demanded the abrogation of the GEO 7 amending the justice laws, but also the Government’s resignation and early elections.
Mass media estimated that at least 10,000 people attended the protest staged in Victoriei Square, while over 5,000 people took to the streets in Sibiu and over 5,000 Cluj-Napoca. Similar rallies took place in Iasi, Brasov, Timisoara, Oradea and Galati.
Politicians from the Opposition, leaders of the USR-PLUS Alliance 2020, including Dacian Ciolos, Vlad Voiculescu and Dan Barna, attended the rally in Bucharest, as well as known actors, influencers, journalists, the 102-yera-old philosopher Mihai Sora, etc.
Protesters shouted “Romania, wake up!”, “Resignation”, “We fight for justice, they fight for corruption”, and a lot of anti-PSD messages. Demonstrators also claimed that the special section set up to investigate magistrates is just intimidating magistrates and that is affecting the independence of justice. “Good for them, good for the magistrates“, protesters shouted in solidarity with the those judges and prosecutors’ representatives who refused PM Dancila’s invitation to come for negotiations after the ordinance amending the justice laws has been already adopted without their being consulted. “Kovesi, don’t forget, the country is on your side”, was another slogan.
The protests were peaceful and in Bucharest traffic was restricted in the Victoriei Square area.