‘Everyone against corruption’ protest to be held in Valletta

A placard reading ''Don't steal our future''. / Facebook

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Romanian community in Malta will organise an anti-corruption protest on Saturday in Valletta. The local protest will coincide with a major protest which will be held in Victoriei Square in Bucharest. Tens of thousands are expected to march, reports Marcel Gascon Barbera for Balkan Insight.

Last year, thousands of expatriates returned home for their annual holiday, and took to the streets to protest against Romania’s ruling party, the Social Democrats or PSD.

Toti Impotriva Coruptiei / All Against Corruption is scheduled to start in front of the parliamentary building in Valletta, and activists will march on Republic Street. The gathering will start at around 9am on Saturday, 10 August. Every one is being invited to join in the anti-corruption protest, both locals and foreigners alike.

On 10 August 2018 riot police dispersed the group of demonstrators that tried to storm the government building, with water cannons and tear gas. More than 400 individuals required medical attention, while over 800 activists and some 160 policemen have filed criminal cases over the clashes. The event placed 10 August in Romanian’s political calendar.

Newsbook.com.mt reached out to the organiser, Gabriela G., who explained that given that a lot of Romanians cannot go home on this specific date, they will be organising a peaceful protest to show solidarity with their family and friends who are still in Romania and battle corruption on a daily basis.

The organiser explained that the idea of organising a solidarity protest started following an outrageous news in her native Romania. A 15-year-old girl who had disappeared from Bucharest had called the police three times when she was abducted. However it took the police 19 hours to launch a search, only to find the girl dead after she was raped. The interior minister, the police chief along with other officials have resigned following mass protests in the country. The education minister was also fired. Transcripts of the emergency calls have been leaked to the media, with the family accusing the police of not taking the phone calls seriously.

Flowers and candles are left by people during an anti-government demonstration in Bucharest, Romania, July 27, 2019. Inquam Photos/George Calin via REUTERS

‘We’re protesting the continuous failings of the Romanian authorities’

The organiser stated that the Romanian community in Malta is protesting against the continuous failings of the Romanian authorities to do their job.

“There are multiple instances that make us all believe that Police is working hand in hand with criminals, pimps and human traffickers,” she added, saying that this was done with the approval of the country’s politicians.

Gabriela G. who has been living in Malta, remarked that the justice system in Romania ‘takes forever to investigate corrupt politicians’.

The organiser behind the protest said that the only way to end corruption is by having people protesting on the street, and that people all over the world refuse to accept any more corrupt actions. She underlined that governments should represent the interest of the people who elect them.

In May, Liviu Dragnea, leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party, was jailed for corruption.

The event for the protest can be found on Facebook.