Protests in Bucharest amid COVID pass debate

"Vaccines should be optional," said protester Tony Conrad as he gathered with others outside parliament on Tuesday (December 21).

For people like Runa Pentrindenaru, making the so-called "green pass" mandatory in the workplace would equal a mandatory vaccination program.

"Making the vaccination compulsory is limiting the liberty of movement, of education, and work in Romania," the protester said.

Romania, the EU's second-least vaccinated country, experienced its deadliest wave of the pandemic so far in October and early November.

There have been 1,798,629 infections and 58,232 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

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