Keeping up with the news is hard. So hard, in fact, that we have decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most mind-blowing events each month.

While February 2017 was lacking the kind of high-profile attacks, elections, or conflicts that send newsrooms into a frenzy, it was still plenty strange, plenty scary, and plenty interesting. Here are ten things that rocked the world while we were looking elsewhere.

10Romania Was Wracked by the Biggest Protests since the Fall of Communism

The history of Romania is one of rulers pressing their boots down onto ordinary people’s faces.

But it is also a history that shows you can only screw with regular Romanians so long. In 1989, Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu found that out the hard way.

Now, 28 years later, it is the turn of Romania’s leftwing PSD government to learn the lesson.

After passing emergency legislation that would have got the party’s leader off a much-deserved corruption charge, the PSD found themselves on the receiving end of the biggest protests since the 1989 revolution.

An estimated 300,000 Romanians took to the streets in sub-zero temperatures, calling for PSD politicians to be locked up.

Ordinary people turned out en masse to show their hatred of political corruption. The PSD went into panic mode.

Although the government reversed the legislation in mid-February, protests are continuing, albeit on a smaller scale.

As of February 28, 5,000 protesters were still camped out in Bucharest, demanding the government’s resignation.


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