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    Posted January 25, 2012 by
    Bucharest, Romania
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    Clashes erupt in Romania

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    Protests in Romania. Day 13

    Snow covers Bucharest as of last night, but this didn't slow us down. The speech president Basescu held today, after almost 2 weeks of silence, didn't matter either.

    It was the usual:
    - they are doing the things nobody else has the courage to do (unpopular economic measures);
    - used all the scarecrows available to keep everybody put (economic crisis, lack of political options etc.);
    - recognised our protests as entitled, but then he changed the subject and only listed the demands, not actual measures or actions;
    - called Romania his boat that he's going to get to the destination.

    He also timed it perfectly to coincide with the snowfall and the blizzard taking over Romania. The protests are smaller because of the weather, but there are other reasons. For example, the revolutionaries from 22 years ago had their rights diminished and they joined us in the Universitatii Square, but they negociated with the ruling party so they get everything back and later announced that they are no longer supporting the protests. Another example of the divide et impera technique used to hold a firm grip over the country.

    All these made me believe even stronger that we need to continue with the protests until they'll mind us and our demands for decency and respect for the democratic process in Romania.
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