In Romania, Protesters Used Their Smart Phones To Light Up Government Corruption

Romania hasn't seen this kind of outrage since the revolution which overthrew the government in 1989.

Ten of thousands of protesters gathered in Bucharest, Romania to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu whose cabinet passed – and then quickly repealed – an emergency ordinance that would have eliminated jail time for certain offenses involving government corruption.

""Our chances are small but it is important to fight," one protester told Reuters.

The Guardian notes that between 2014 and 2016, some 2,000 people were convicted of crimes involving abuse of power in Romania.

Despite the repeal of the decree, an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 Romanians gathered in Bucharest's Victory Square, chanting and creating a virtual ocean of light by turning on their cellphone flashlights. Footage of the gathering can be seen below.


As reported by CNN, the massive demonstration was, at least in part, successful. Romania officially repealed the bill on Sunday, a heartening sign as protests calling for change and government reform become the norm for many countries in the Western world.


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