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0808, 06 Feb 17

Romania Protests

Amazing. Something like 500,000 people in Romania took to the streets to protest a government decree to decriminalize certain levels of political corruption. Remember that Romania only has a population of about 20 million people, go a protest with half a million people in it is YUGE.

Sunday night’s demonstration in Bucharest was planned as the climax of the protest movement.

The government hoped that by scrapping the decree, calm would return to the streets of the country – but that hasn’t happened yet.

Many in the crowd don’t trust the government to keep to its word.

They are afraid that new legislation, promised by the prime minister when he abolished the decree, might contain some of the same elements in a different form.

The decree would have decriminalised abuse of power offences where sums of less than €44,000 (£38,000; $47,500) were involved.

Critics saw it as an attempt by the government to let off many of its own officials caught in an anti-corruption drive.

The government had argued that the changes were needed to reduce prison overcrowding and align certain laws with the constitution.

That last part is my favorite. The government is actually arguing that so many of them are corrupt that decriminalizing corruption was necessary to reduce prison overcrowding. 



0808, 06 February 2017


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Sounds like natural end result of liberal policies putting too much power in hands of government.

  2. Le Roi du Nord


    Did you read the first paragraph?  The citizens are asking that the government retain policy.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    My comment was aimed at the corrupt liberal politicians.

    Corruption occurs because government has too much power and liberal policies nearly always increase government power and feed the corruption.


  4. Le Roi du Nord

    Of course, those corrupt politicians must be “liberal”.  Does that word have the same meaning in Romania as it does in your world?

    Your second paragraph is nothing but nonsense.  Take a look at what the current occupant of the WH is doing; increasing and consolidating power.  Ditto the governor of our once fine state.    So many hypocrites, so little time.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Current WH occupent is mostly dissecting and delegating power down and it is driving the centralized control liberal elitists nuts….and I love that.

  6. Le Roi du Nord

    You really don’t pay attention, do you.  Your nonsense is still nonsense.

  7. Kevin Scheunemann

    I am paying attention and Trump is a shockingly better president, so far, then I could have imagined.

    Even Walker wouldn’t have gotten this much done.

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