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    Posted January 18, 2012 by
    Bucharest, Romania
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    Clashes erupt in Romania

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mindcrusher, a graphic designer in Bucharest, Romania, shot these photos of protests Tuesday night in University Square. He says the reappointment of Deputy Health Minister Raed Arafat, whose resignation sparked the protests, will not put an end to protesters' demands. 'The frustrations that made us get to the streets were only topped by the situation with Raed Arafat,' he said Wednesday. 'The demands and problems are so many that we have a problem to enunciate them all. Demanding fair elections and an electoral law that doesn't allow multiple votes from the same person is the message I am putting on the board I am taking to the square tonight.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Yesterday afternoon, Raed Arafat was reinstated in his old position as a undersecretary at the Ministry of Health. It was a victory for our democratic plea after he was politically forced to resign and we got to the streets to show that we do not agree. The reasons invoked for the “accident” are that the President and the Prime minister had false information regarding mister Arafat and his actions.

    But all this without any official acknowledgement for our legitimate actions and requests.
    The messages from our politicians are exaggerated and disrespectful as usual, the ones in power are calling us “worms” (Iulian Urban, PDL senator) or representatives of a “violent and inept suburb” (Teodor Baconschi, Minister of Foreign Affairs). The ones in the opposition are visibly trying to profit from our actions and are organising protests for Thursday, not realising that our plea is against the practices used by the ones in power in the last 20 years, not only the ones who are doing it right now.

    Looking back to my initial reasons for getting to the streets and considering the results and the anticipated actions for a political takeover of our protest, I feel that we just need president Basescu to acknowledge the legitimacy of our protest and requests.

    I know that the problems we have won’t disappear overnight or if Basescu resigns, but we need to start somewhere; The ones in power need to make sure that the decisions they make in our name are made in our interest and not in their political or personal one.
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