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Gândul - Romania | Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Romanians' protest over wood theft too late

Around 5,000 people protested in Bucharest on Saturday against illegal wood clearances and a change to Romania's forestry legislation that is due to be discussed in parliament today, Tuesday. The online daily Gândul wonders why a protest movement has only formed now: "As in the autumn of 2013 during the Roşia Montană protests, a citizens' network is criticising the exploitation of resources like timber, gold and oil. The fight against monopolies combined with a dose of nationalism is driving the people on to the streets in protest. But this network has failed to address some important issues. Specifically the fact that the large-scale theft of wood began 20 years ago, and that there are several companies that live on this illegal trade. ... And finally, that politicians from all parties have their finger in the pie."

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