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Protest manifestations require dialogue not violence

Transparency International Romania reproves all violence regardless of the party they were initiated by during the street manifestations occurring yesterday, the 14th January 2012, in Bucharest.

The generalised corruption that has dried out public resources as well as the government’s lack of transparency are the main causes which have led to a worsening of the quality of life which generated the manifestations taking place the past few days throughout the country. Arbitrary elaboration of public policies has resulted in economic deterioration of the country and infringement of the rule of law principles.

Lack of transparency in the elaboration of public policies with a view to favouring certain interest groups can no longer be concealed under image or intimidation operations directed at the civil society or the mass media; it can lead to social destabilisation, popular unrest, manifestations, all of which can be avoided via honest and open dialogue.

Transparency International Romania believes it is the duty of public authorities to start a dialogue in order to identify solutions that can lead to social peace. “This year we have seen corruption on protestors’ banners be they rich or poor. Whether in a Europe hit by debt crisis or an Arab world starting a new political era, leaders must heed the demands for better government,” said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International on 1st December 2011.

In order to prevent the distortion of the democratic instrument of protest, we call upon the protesters to refrain from any type of violence which must be avoided at all costs so that it does not degenerate.


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Victor Alistar, Executive Director
Asociatia Romana pentru Transparenta/ Transparency International Romania
T: +40 (0)721 093 424
E: victor.alistar@transparency.org.ro