Bucharest, Tuesday, December 21. People are forcing their way into the Parliament building after passing the large gates that protect the yard around the largest civilian building in the world. Inside, members of the Parliament are supposed to witness Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca assuming governmental responsibility for adopting Green Pass in Romania.
Gendarmerie forces are overwhelmed and the Romanian Secret Service – SPP, which protects the building, blocked the large doors to secure the entrance inside. Nobody is able to enter or exit.
Notably, this large protest, gathering thousands of people from all over Romania, takes place exactly 32 years after the Revolution in 1989. On December 21, 1989, hundreds of young Romanians were shot or arrested for protesting for liberty.
The nationalist party AUR organizes the ongoing protest. Its leader, George Simion, is famous for his attitude against COVID-19 restrictions. His nationalist political approach makes him an undesirable partner for the other Parliamentary parties, mainly the Socialists, PSD, and the Liberals, PNL. Also, the Hungarian minority is against any cooperation with AUR, which makes this party the perfect Opposition formation of the moment.
Less than 35% of the population is vaccinated in Romania. Some say the percentage is less than 30%, considering the fake vaccination procedures identified so far. This means that close to 70% of the population oppose compulsory vaccination.
This is the context of today’s protest, and this is what the people want: no compulsory vaccination, no restrictions based on vaccination certificates. Instead, protesters want the interdictions to be applied for being infected, not for being unvaccinated.
A decision from Prime Minister Ciuca is waited for assuming or no his responsibility in the Parliament for this law.