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Lawmaker insists that his proposal to criminalize attempts at 'changing the constitutional order' isn’t aimed at protesters.6 March 2017
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One would think that this was not the best time to introduce controversial legislation in Romania – just weeks after the largest protests in post-1989 history made the government backtrack on a law decriminalizing some instances of corruption.
Ciuhodaru told Digi24 that his aim was to fill a gap in existing legislation, related to “extremist and separatist movements.”
“Extremist and separatist movements are condemned throughout the entire world (…) especially when it comes to desecrating national symbols, and the laws need to be very strict,” Ciuhodaru said according to Digi24.
Ciuhodaru also stressed in a Facebook post that the law didn’t target protests such as the recent ones against the government, and that he had first presented the idea in 2012, after episodes of unrest in the Szekler community, a subgroup of the country’s 1.2 million Hungarian community in central Transylvania. According to Balkan Insight, Ciuhodaru said he wrote the bill before the recent disturbances, with the proposed legislation only reaching the Senate last week.
Social Democrat spokesperson Adrian Dobre said that his party doesn’t support Ciuhodaru’s proposal, which has several flaws related to its constitutionality, according to a different Digi24 article.
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