- Posted January 19, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Clashes erupt in Romania
The message gets to the surface
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
After days of media craze and manipulation, the messages begin to surface. We needed to fight for our right to protest against instigation, lies and offensive reactions from the ones in power (not to mention security forces brutality) before anyone even thought of listening to us. Yesterday I felt for the first time since this all began that we can show our demands.
Yesterday I asked for fair elections. In the past 20 years we can’t say that we had a single round of fair elections. Each time one side accused the other side of fraud. The biggest problem is the electoral law which allows multiple votes from the same person and the authorities are not punishing anyone even proven guilty of this. As a democratic country we need an electoral system that is FAIR; Marcel Opris, the manager of STS ( RO Serviciul de Transmisiuni Speciale / EN Special Transmissions Service), said that they already tested a system that makes possible the checks needed to stop this, so it’s only a matter of will.
Another thing that changed since yesterday is the message we get from the ones in power. The president is talking about UN resolutions and completly ignoring our calls, but the ruling party have a new message for today, 180 degrees different from yesterday. They say now that they respect and salute the peaceful protests that are taking place all over Romania. Three days ago they were calling us all hooligans and yesterday we were worms to them. Now they listen.
(I am intentionally ignoring the protest organised by the opposition parties because they have nothing to do with ours, most of our demands are directed also towards them)