In October, the Romanian government introduced COVID-19 passports to enter restaurants, shopping centers, cultural venues, and other facilities.
Fast forward to this week, and Romanian MPs were scheduled to vote on extending COVID-19 passports to the workforce.
But the proposed legislation met furious opposition from dissenting MPs.
On Monday, Romanian deputies unveiled a banner inside the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest.
☑️ Romania 🇷🇴
🔴 Romanian deputies in revolt against Covid passports, unveil a banner in parliament in Bucharest, gives speech:
🔴"It is not admissable, it is intolerable, you will answer for your actions in front of the people"
Tommy Robinson pic.twitter.com/0Df8CRdBKX
— Franky (@DarkiFranky) December 20, 2021
They urged the people of Romania to protest the COVID-19 passport agenda in front of Parliament.
The Alliance for Romanian Unity (AUR) Party made this plea to citizens on Facebook (translated):
They repeated that only once every four years our voice can be heard. Wrong !
We will show them tomorrow morning at 09:00, that the voice and will of the Romanians can no longer be ignored. We will meet in front of the House of Deputies, the entrance to the Parliament next to Izvor Park.
We will all be there! For the sake of freedom!
Thousands of protestors answered the call and arrived at the steps of Parliament to fight COVID-19 passports.
Reports indicate the vote on the legislation is postponed until further notice.
NOW – Protesters besiege the Parliament of Romania in Bucharest as it debates legislation to introduce "health passports" at workplaces. pic.twitter.com/0bkXbkQchK
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) December 21, 2021
Romania postpones vote on "covid passports" as the people hit parliament pic.twitter.com/R3uGxxZv4o
— Popper (@Kukicat7) December 21, 2021
Bucharest , ROMANIA 🇷🇴 NOW ❗️
‼️People are preparing in front of Parliament bulding to STORM IN and GET THE CRIMINALS OUT ‼️ pic.twitter.com/ucJxgx3u8Q
— @d_essere fit 88 the returns (@dessere88) December 21, 2021
“Chaos in Romania. Citizens besiege parliament in Bucharest to protest the eventual government trust in the health passport to work. Revolt invoked by opposition deputies.” https://t.co/9P67BwkOTX
— BringBackNormal.ie (@BBN_Ireland) December 21, 2021
Thousands gather in Romania Covid Pass Protests
As Romanian MPs vote on whether to extend the country’s Covid pass from restaurants, shops and cultural venues to workplaces, thousands have descended on the parliament in the capital Bucharest.
Right-wing opposition party pic.twitter.com/1dQY1RcS1Z
— 💫Queen of Seventeen 1️⃣7️⃣🥃❤️🇺🇲✝️ (@AreYouAwaQe) December 21, 2021
Protesters climb on the fence and get in the yard of the parliament during the 'No Green Pass' rally in front of the Parliament building in Bucharest, Romania, 21 December 2021. 📸 epa / Robert Ghement #Romania #protests #greenpass #epaimages #epaphotos pic.twitter.com/eKhbFTo3bv
— european pressphoto agency (@epaphotos) December 21, 2021
Chaos in #Romania. Protesters try to storm parliament in Bucharest to oppose a bill that would introduce “green certificates” in workplaces which authorities hope will limit the spread of coronavirus and prevent another collapse of the health care system https://t.co/U6pa40GTkV
— Saskia Dekkers (@saskiadekkers) December 21, 2021
Mainstream media used their typical “far-right” smears to describe the protestors.
AP News wrote:
Hundreds of far-right protesters gathered in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, on Tuesday to oppose a bill that would introduce “green certificates” in workplaces, which authorities hope will limit the spread of coronavirus infections and prevent another collapse of the country’s health care system.
Romania, a European Union nation of about 19 million, faced its deadliest surge of coronavirus infections and deaths through October and November when intensive care units across the country were overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, and hospital morgues ran out of space.
Notice how mainstream outlets always purposefully lowball the real amount of protestors fighting for medical freedom.
While the article above says hundreds, the true figure is several thousand Romanian citizens pushing back against a wicked agenda.
AP News added:
Romania’s new coalition government is discussing a bill that would require people going into their workplaces to present green certificates — obtained with proof of full vaccination, having recovered from COVID-19, or a negative test. They would be introduced after three consecutive weeks of an increasing COVID-19 infection rate, and once a certain incident rate is exceeded.
Our World in Data states that 39.6% of Romanians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 40.6% received at least one dose.
After a dramatic COVID-19 case surge in September & October, Romania’s daily case load has plummeted to one of its lowest levels.
Efforts to boost the vaccination rate, including a campaign against misinformation, have largely failed and the new government — made up of the centre-right National Liberal Party (PNL), the leftist Social Democratic Party (PSD), and ethnic Hungarian UDMR — now wants to extend the use of the COVID pass to workplaces.
The pass — attesting that the holder has either been fully vaccinated, has tested negative for COVID-19 during the previous 48 hours, or has recently recovered from the disease — was introduced in late October to visit restaurants, shopping centres, non-essential shops, cultural venues, swimming-pools and gyms as the country was battling a surge in infections that was threatening to overwhelm its struggling health care system.
The government’s proposed legislation plans that the COVID “certificate will be introduced when there is a sustained increase of three consecutive weeks in the number of cases with a coefficient of 1.5 and will be discontinued when the trend goes downwards and the cumulative incidence falls below 1”, the health ministry said in a statement.
Minister for Health Alexandru Rafila met with business representatives on Monday to discuss the proposed legislation and pledged to grant free test vouchers to companies “to ensure that economic agents adapt to the situation created by the introduction of the COVID-19 certificate”.
But the far-right populist party the Alliance for Romanian Unity (AUR), which created a surprise during last year’s legislative elections by entering parliament, is vehemently against the planned bill, slamming it as “liberiticide” and a covert attempt to impose mandatory vaccination.