I doubt that you think of Romania, some of you might not know where it is. Still i wanted to bring to your attention a little riot in Bucharest.
Antena 3 -
There were two manifestations today: University - peaceful, Unirii - violent. The president is having a nice weekend in the mountains while all this
is going on. No one from the state had comments regarding the riots.
What I wanted to tell you about is not the riots, we've seen many of them in Europe lately, but the real reasons. The politicians reduced wages and
pensions last year by 25%, they increased taxes VAT is 24%, they reduced benefits, we are cowards so we didn't do a thing. Romania pays 10 mil $ for
1 KM of highway, other countries pay 3-4 mil, we pay millions on roads that are remade every year, our trains have a speed of 50 KM/h, for example
recently a drunk kid driving a new BMW and running from the Police killed 2 people he was released and is now in germany at school...
Anyway recently because of a new Health law a man Raed Arafat, one of the only we have that doesn't steal , resigned. The president stopped the law,
but it was too late. We were fed up ... this man saved lives.
Please note that in Romania the majority of the Parliament belongs to a party called PDL, the Prime Minister belongs to the same party, the president
used to belong to the same party. The prime minister is a pupped for the president who replaced all the ministry heads with his own people. In the
media almost every day there is proof of corruption, but the justice department is controlled by the same people...
Yesterday was peaceful, but late at night when the people were dispersing they were beaten by the police (after they had left the manifestation, not
extreme violence just a hit here and there). Today the peaceful protest continued, but also a violent one was started.
Strange thing though, our doctors don't have money for a stethoscope or a bandage, you not only have to bribe them for an operation (they earn 500$ a
month - the rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Bucharest in 300$,just the rent ), but we also have to buy all they need to operate. On the other hand
the Police had new Kevlar vests new riot protection, they fired hundreds of tear gas rounds...