Romanian protester bemoans “islamization” risk during PM Ciolos visit

Newsroom 04/03/2016 | 16:51

Shouting slogans such as “Shame on you” and “No to the islamization of Romania”, a protester set up camp in front of the National Museum of Transylvania’s History in Cluj-Napoca during a visit from Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, according to Agerpres.

The protester asked “Why is Romania exposing itself to something like this if the Romanian people are against islamization and receiving these quotas of refugees?” when the governmental delegation arrived at the museum.

Upon exiting the museum, Ciolos stopped to talk to the protester and explain that Romania’s decision to receive refugees was taken together with other countries of the European Union. “Romanian authorities made a decision, together with all the other EU member states, from where Romania receives money, where Romanians can go to work. All these member states made a decision, to receive a number of immigrants. Romanians received a few tens, this has nothing to do with the Constitution,” said Ciolos.

Furthermore, Ciolos stated that Romania has both obligations and rights in the European community. “Romania is part of the EU and has some rights, such as the right to work in other countries, the right to receive investment funds, (…), and it has some obligations. While other countries receive tens or hundreds of thousands of immigrants, Romania agreed to a few hundreds of which it has now received ten-fifteen,” he explained to the protester.

Back in September, a study from Inscop Research showed that 56.2 percent of Romanians felt that the country should not receive refugees, while 35.5 percent said they should and 8.3 percent refused to give an answer.

Andreea Tint

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