Update: Cluj, Timisoara citizens want to come to Bucharest for protests, to defend freedom and the rule of law


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2018 has started with warm weather and fresh protests on January 1. A page was set up on Facebook called ‘All roads lead to Bucharest’, about the ‘revolution of our generation’, the organisers asking the Bucharesters to support people coming from around the country with accommodation.

“We support people in the country to join the protests in Bucharest on Saturday, January 20. It’s not needed to go to the streets all the time, we have to do it once, as many of us. We propose a march University Square-Union Square-Fountains-Parliament, with visits paid to institutions confiscated by the parliamentary majority (the Ombudsman, the Constitutional Court, the National Audiovisual Council),” the organisers’ message reads, ziare.com reports.

Some 7,000 people say they will attend the protest, others 26,000 showed interest.

The appeal has echoed in Cluj and Timisoara.

Some organisers in Cluj Napoca, under the slogan ‘Tot Clujul merge la Bucuresti’ (Cluj is going to Bucharest) are keen to defend democracy and justice and want to come to Bucharest to sent this message through protests.

“We, the citizens of Cluj, will go to Bucharest to defend our freedom and the rule of law. We believe this is the last democratic gesture we can make and we call on everybody to come and protest in Bucharest,” the organisers say, ziare.com informs.

The organisers say transport and accommodation are to be covered individually. “Nevertheless, if you have initiatives to hire means of transport, these will be welcome,” the message further reads.

“Timisoara will protest in Bucharest” – is the message by organisers in the western Romania city.

“We know the 1989 Revolution was stolen and the communist structures haven’t disappeared. The 8th position demand of the Timisoara manifesto has never been enforced. Now, they want to turn the judiciary into an appendix of those who have the parliamentary majority. In a sinister way, the ones who have majority want to turn Romania into a heaven for delinquents. As we understand the danger, we appeal to all those in Timisoara who have the possibility to travel to Bucharest, to gather and leave together by car to protest in front of the Parliament! This is a national event and we believe our presence, of those from Timisoara, is compulsory on January 20 in Bucharest!” the message on Facebook reads. They also say they will try to get organised in the coming weeks.

The protest is envisaged on Saturday, January 20, starting 13.00h up to midnight. Organisers hope Bucharesters will join the protest, as well as other citizens in the country.

The first protest took place on January 1, in Victoriei Square, when several hundred people gathered to have their messages heard to defend justice.


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