Protests in Bucharest, Romania

posted on 24th of january, 2012

Hundreds of Romanians rallied in Bucharest for 12 days in a row, to protest against austerity measures, calling on president Traian Basescu and prime minister Emil Boc to quit.

The protests started on January 13, because of a planned health-care reform, which was withdrawn by the president after few days of protests, and also because a palestinian-born doctor, Raed Arafat, the founder of Romania's emergency medical services was forced to resign earlier last week after a row with president Basescu over the controversial health reform draft. But people continued to gather every night in University Square of Bucharest, shouting against all political class and asking for a better life.

The protesters had been mobilized mostly via the internet and social networks to gather in downtown Bucharest.

Shortly, the Opposition organized a rally attended by 10.000 people in in central Bucharest, on January 19.

On tuesday, January 24, the unions organized another rally, also attended by 10.000 people.

Until now, the protests were peaceful, except for some minor clashes of anarchists with the Gendarmerie.

You can find more pictures in this collection: Bucharest - Romania - Protests

Comments (10)

Posted by Akulamatiau on February 14, 2012
Thanks for adding my images to your collection.
Posted by Alvera on January 25, 2012
Lucky me to be this summer with my 300 mm tele on Navy Day, Constanta, Romania. One man protested and a couple of minutes later gendarmes was on him.
   Man arrested at Navy Day   
Posted by Rigmanyi on January 25, 2012
Thanks for adding my shots to the collection! :)
Posted by Candleblood on January 25, 2012
These are really good pictures, I have some editorials myself about the protests made in Cluj Napoca, but there were only about 300 people gathered, I think. At least it was peaceful.
Posted by smartview27 on January 25, 2012
Interesting. In Iasi (Iassy) also people continued the protests.
Posted by Justmeyo on January 24, 2012
Great collection and congratulations for your photos !
Posted by Egomezta on January 24, 2012
Thanks for sharing, I hope everything solves well for everyone.
Posted by Mani33 on January 24, 2012
Nice shots, but yeah stay safe!
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on January 24, 2012
Hope everyone stays safe!
Posted by HongChan001 on January 24, 2012
Hope things will resolve in peace!

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