Crime Republic

We spoke too soon: last night they went and did it. Under cover of darkness, well after 22:00 Romania’s government issued an emergency ordinance which decriminalises a large number of corruption offences. Major changes were also made to the penal code which will see thousands of corruption cases dropped. Despite the late hour, tens of thousands of people came out onto the streets of Bucharest and other major cities to protest against the move. Roads leading to Piata Victoriei in Bucharest (the location of the government building) were closed while members of the government were spirited away via a rear entrance. There will be larger demonstrations today (as we write, people are already in Piata Victoriei).

We have now, alas, been proven right about something we have said for years: the PSD is not a political party, it is an organised crime syndicate. What it did last night was undo decades of progress in the fight against corruption despite the opposition of every single part of the justice system, not to mention civil society and the population at large. Yes, the PSD won an election, and won fair and square. But it did not win the right to govern illegally. (Having said that, although what they did last night was illegal, they were careful to add a clause in the ordinance which decriminalises their very act of breaking the law. They really did think of everything: we’ll give them that).

It is impossible to write anything else at this stage as the situation is highly fluid. A meeting of the Magistrates Council (chaired by President Klaus Iohannis) has just finished. Opposition parties are already discussing the possibility of resigning en bloc from parliament in the hope of forcing new elections (something for which there is no precedent, and may not work). The ordinance may be sent for referral to the Constitutional Court, but even here procedure is unclear: there simply is no precedent – even in Romania – for dealing with a government that breaks the law.

All we can say right now is bugger.


16 thoughts on “Crime Republic

  1. Also, for clarity, maybe add that, no matter what the next steps will be, once published in the Official Gazette (which has already happened… the thieves had it all planned, they are real professionals), the emergency ordinance has immediate and permanent effects. Any future “repairs” will only affect the future. What is done is done, the 2,100 abuse of office cases currently investigated by the anticorruption prosecutors have simply disappeared in thin air.


      1. Yes. Still unclear how or why that ten day clause appeared. Suggestions it could have been a leftover from an old OUG or inserted by someone without the PSD knowing.


      2. My Romanian isn’t the best, but this post that is doing the rounds on Facebook appears to claim that the 10 day delay is part of the plan. Before the 10 days are reached the government steps down, apparently giving the protesters what they want, yet the law goes through anyway because it’s too late. Dragnea, now unrestricted, can make a new government as he sees fit, with himself as overlord.

        “Planul șobolanilor ăstora e cu adevărat diabolic!

        În mod evident, Guvernul se aștepta la mișcări de stradă masive dacă dă ordonanțe pe șest, hoțește, în toiul nopții, mai ales după două duminici în care numărul protestatarilor s-a dublat, ajungând pe la 100.000. E posibil ca în seara asta să iasă și mai multă lume, chiar dacă e mijlocul săptămânii.

        Următoarea lor mutare e adevăratul ȘAH MAT: Grindeanu demisionează împreună cu întregul Guvern. O mare parte a lumii din stradă e mulțumită, consideră că are parte de o victorie, doar a strigat “DEMISIA!” și “Jos Guvernu#l!”, nu?

        Problema e că abia asta e marea înfrângere. Constituția face o distincție între acte de dispoziție și acte administrative ale unui Guvern. Printre actele de dispoziție se află și adoptarea sau retragerea Ordonanțelor de Urgență (art. 108). Un Guvern interimar, conform Constituției, are prerogative restrânse și nu poate acționa decât administrativ (art. 110).

        1) Guvernul își dă demisia
        2) Lumea din stradă e mulțumită și pleacă acasă
        3) Guvernul interimar nu poate retrage Ordonanța de Urgență, că ar fi neconstituțional. Deci legea fundamentală nu le permite, că ei ar fi vrut, dar uite, nu se mai poate!
        4) Chiar dacă lumea se prinde că a fost păcălită și rămâne în stradă, fanii PSD+ALDE și cei blocați cu telecomanda pe A3 și RTV vor urla: “Ce mai vreți? Ne-ați dat jos Guvernul, ați câștigat, marș acasă! La muncă, nu la proteste!”
        5) Avocatul Poporului se face că plouă, Curtea Constituțională e sesizată prea târziu, n-are timp să delibereze, trec cele 10 zile, OUG intră în vigoare și își face efectele instant
        6) PSD zice: “Păi, cum, n-am făcut noi dezbatere, consultări publice, ba v-am dat și 10 zile să contestați ordonanța? Totul pe lege, ca la carte! Respectați voința poporului exprimată legal prin vot!”
        7) Liviu Dragnea formează noul Guvern, acum că nu mai are nicio pată
        8) Președintele Klaus Iohannis este suspendat”>>”


  2. Is any large main-stream media covering this story outside Romania? This is just amazing. I can’t imagine even these vermin/rats would keep this outrageous behavior up and not scurry for cover if their actions were exposed to more of the outside world. I guess everyone else is too busy with their own problems to worry about Romania.


    1. At the very least I’m seeing some novel approaches to journalism: the BBC is asking Romanians to contribute information regarding the protests and the New York Times is asking people to report their experiences with corruption in Romania.


  3. Any of these faggots actually protesting outside Dragnea’s house instead of in the town center far away from the people responsible?


  4. I never thought the day would come when Ițd attend a protest in Romania with an attendance figure in the 6 figures… even the likes of Romania TV say that 350,000 people were out in the streets tonight.

    Some unconfirmed figures:
    Bucharest – 150,000
    Cluj – 30,000
    Timișoara – 30,000
    Sibiu – 15,000
    Iași -10,000

    With many thousands in other cities, including but not limited to Brașov, Bacău, Craiova, Constanța, Galați, Pitești, Târgu Mureș, Alba Iulia, Târgoviște, Piatra Neamț, Suceava, Arad. Even small towns saw protests, places where the most excitement you normally get all year is the town fair.

    I wonder if anyone outside Romania is genuinely covering this, because it’s unprecedented.


      1. I wasn’t paying too much attention to her, but I think she was talking about Tuesday night.

        Anyway, the Romanian Gendarmerie said there where protests in 70 cities and towns.

        Some figures may be exaggerated, but now I hear there were up to 20,000 in Sibiu and Iași and at least 10,000 in Brașov.

        I was also surprised to hear of the large numbers in Bacău, Târgu Mureș, Craiova or Constanța.


  5. As my 7th grade history teacher Mr. Maiman said, “Romania was always a
    backwater”. The events of the past day show this to be as true as ever.
    For some reason, the country continues to be ruled by diabolically
    corrupt people. I’ve never understood if it’s a cultural thing or what,
    but Romanians don’t seem to be able to shake off the legacy of
    Ceausescu. I have no idea how Romania was allowed to join the European Union. . .


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