"You've pierced us. You've killed our children's future."

Romanian television engineer Adrian Sobaru today made an impressive stand against austerity measures in his country – by leaping from a balcony into the main chamber of the Romanian parliament, where politicians were debating nearly 25ft below. His protest took place the day after the 21st anniversary of the revolution which overthrew faux-communist dictator Nicolae Ceausesc, and replaced him with a capitalist regime that wasn’t much better.

Sobaru’s tshirt said “You’ve pierced us. You’ve killed our children’s future.” and is reported to have been shouting “Freedom, Liberty, Justice!” as he fell.

It is believed that Sobaru’s actions were caused by the recent decision to cut off benefit payments to his disabled child.

Thankfully, apart from a few facial injuries, he was unharmed and survived to fight another day.

4 Comments

  1. chris says:

    haha the sentiment is coming from the right place but I dunno how good an idea it is to tout someone who’s clearly insane as a hero, “throwing yourself in front of the kings horse” larck like that is more hysterical than impressive no matter how worthy the cause in my opinion

  2. Jack says:

    It’s definitely not something we would advocate as a good idea, but there is power in a spectacle like this, it’s something that clearly really affected the parliamentarians who you can see crying – well they should because they are responsible. I don’t think the article touts him as a hero so much as it says “Look how spectacularly angry people are about autserity”.

    There’s plenty of examples of people self sacrificing to make political points throughout history. What would people have thought if they were around at the time of Jan Palach? Or that monk guy that burned himself and then got on the front of a Rage Against the Machine album?

  3. alibi says:

    This is horrible.

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