I’m sure some are wondering why I keep writing in English about events that are so specific to my country and do not directly impact any other nation. They would be wrong in assuming this. Just as some are wondering why people would continue to spend hours in the streets all across Romania now that the PM and his government have been removed. They would also be wrong about our motivation.
A taxi driver mused on the topic last night: “I don’t understand. Why are they protesting today? Ponta already resigned.” And all I could say was: “Because the root of the problem goes deeper than that”, even though I actually wanted to say so much more. But then later on, I was asked the same question and it sank in – there are so many people who don’t understand why these protests are taking place still.
All those people braving the cold in the streets each night aren’t there because they wanted another political party to lead the government. They are a generation showing the world that change is possible, that we can move mountains and make the impossible possible if we put our minds to it. We were accused of being passive for much too long, we believed the words of those who said we were all talk and no action for too many years, we even believed that we were too few for our voices to be heard.
We’re not in the streets because we care about politics, we’re there because we care about people, about justice and fair chances more than you thought we did. We’re marching because we’re sick of just complaining about how badly this country and our society is doing over a couple of beers, instead of acting to make things better for everyone. We’re still out there because we don’t want our country to be led by yet another set of mindless drones who only care about their own skin. We’re in the streets because we want you to understand mentalities need to change before we can expect our institutions to. We’re marching because you’re not, we keep going out in the streets because you don’t understand why you should.
The tragedy at #Collectiv was a huge tipping point, it hurt in so many ways. But what particularly hurt was the intolerant and heartless attitudes of people who should have been empathetic in the least, but who just didn’t understand. It’s all the bottled up anger and frustrations that brought some to this dark place where they can’t simply be there for their fellow human beings and instead keep them in a sort of mindset that screams “I’ve been hurt, disrespected and walked over, so why should I act any differently?!” But we, the ones in the street, don’t want to go to that place. We want to be true agents of change. If you ask me, that is why we are still marching.