Romanians protest Cathedral Plaza

For anyone new to Bucharest, the Cathedral Plaza in Bucharest is bizarre, at best. It’s simply jarring to see the core of a high rise office building towering next to a beautiful, ancient church, and impossible not to wonder how local government offices allowed it to happen. Turns out a lot of locals feel the same way. Thousands of people protested on Sunday against the building as it looked as if construction would be allowed to continue. The things signs and chants can’t have done the building’s commercial value any good:

Chanting and holding signs that read “The city must belong to its citizens, not to the real estate mafia” and “Bucharest is dying, why aren’t you in pain?”, the protesters collected signatures for a petition to stop works.

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