What I learned from the Romanian protest

‘Our children will be free’

That is what people thought back at the revolution in 1989.

27 years later, the children from then became the adults of today. They went out in the streets to protect their future, their families and their careers. And not only one or two thousand. In Bucharest alone, there were over 300,000 people. Protests took place as well in London, Berlin, Brussels and other European cities. Below there is a photo with the Romanian community from MIT& Harvard University, showing solidarity with what has happened in the country:

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Media coverage

It has certainly been everywhere: the BBC, the Guardian, Euronews, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and many more media outlets. In the US, New York Times has even published an article in Romanian on their website (the English version is here).

News about the demonstrations held in the Victory square, in Bucharest, appeared on the front cover of some newspapers.

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‘United we save Romania’ – Interesting (and less known) facts

  • Several coffee shops and tea houses located around the Victory Square offered free beverages for those who went out;
  • A few motels & hostels announced free accommodation for those who wanted to come to Bucharest and join the demonstrations;
  •  A kindergarten in Bucharest allowed extra hours in order for parents to go to protest;
  • A manager of a company wrote an email to his employees in which he offered them flexible hours for coming to/leaving the office, encouraging them this way to go to protest;
  • In some schools, teachers chose to have debates with the students during the classes about the protests and encourage them to go out in the streets;
  • Bulgarians showed solidarity and organised a manifestation in Sofia.

How  the protests looked like on social networks

Well…my Facebook newsfeed got sunk with check-ins, selfies or pictures with creative messages from the placards. I perceived it almost like a ‘trend‘- go to the protest, come back home, post something on Facebook and show off in front of your friends what a good and responsible citizen you are.

When it comes to Twitter, most Romanians don’t really use it. I had to ( partially forced by one of my teachers in the first semester to create an account!).  Since I don’t have many followers, I was astonished by how (almost) ‘viral’ my tweet has been and how many responses I have received from people all around the globe.

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When I said that protests happened everywhere, I really meant it

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Obviously, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to brag a bit:

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‘London is (with) Romania’ – me excited for going to protest for the first time

What happened in Romania and across the world with people gathering to protest will definitely be part of our history.

 In these moments, my country stands for justice, integrity, transparency and a better future. A future where parents won’t have to leave their children and go and work abroad. A future where the school abandonment in the rural areas won’t exist at such worrying scale. A future where we don’t need to pay the doctors to notice the patients and let them die. Basically, we just ask for a normal future. Hopefully, we don’t need another revolution for this.

If you’ve read until here, that means you can still allow yourself two more minutes to listen to my podcast, right? Here we go:

*The background music for the podcast – The XX-Intro. 🙂

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