This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Romania: Thousands rally against ‘kidnapping’ of children by Norwegian govt. in Bucharest01:30

Romania: Thousands rally against ‘kidnapping’ of children by Norwegian govt. in Bucharest

Romania, Bucharest
January 9, 2016 at 01:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Over 1,000 protesters gathered outside the Romanian government's headquarters in Bucharest’s Victory Square, Saturday, urging Norwegian authorities to return the children who are said to have been 'stolen' by the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (Barnevernet) from families residing in Norway.

The protesters carried pictures of the children as well as signs reading "We support Bodnariu Family" and "the children belong to family". The children's uncle Daniel Bodnariu called on the Norwegian president "to empathise with the feelings of a mother who has raised her children and with the pain that she feels when she sees that her house is empty.”

The Bodnariu family case has sparked protests across Europe. A family consisting of one Romanian parent and one Norwegian parent had their five children taken into care. The parents' lawyer plans to challenge the decision in Norway's Superior Court, though no trial date has currently been set.

The care system in Norway has attracted widespread criticism. It is thought that up to 40 percent of children in Barnevernet custody are from an immigrant background.

Romania: Thousands rally against ‘kidnapping’ of children by Norwegian govt. in Bucharest01:30
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Over 1,000 protesters gathered outside the Romanian government's headquarters in Bucharest’s Victory Square, Saturday, urging Norwegian authorities to return the children who are said to have been 'stolen' by the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (Barnevernet) from families residing in Norway.

The protesters carried pictures of the children as well as signs reading "We support Bodnariu Family" and "the children belong to family". The children's uncle Daniel Bodnariu called on the Norwegian president "to empathise with the feelings of a mother who has raised her children and with the pain that she feels when she sees that her house is empty.”

The Bodnariu family case has sparked protests across Europe. A family consisting of one Romanian parent and one Norwegian parent had their five children taken into care. The parents' lawyer plans to challenge the decision in Norway's Superior Court, though no trial date has currently been set.

The care system in Norway has attracted widespread criticism. It is thought that up to 40 percent of children in Barnevernet custody are from an immigrant background.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
Pool for subscribers only
04:09
USA: Secretary of State Blinken announces 'Khashoggi ban' against 76 SaudisUSA: Secretary of State Blinken announces 'Khashoggi ban' against 76 Saudis
February 26, 2021 at 22:33 GMT +00:00
00:44
USA: Massive industrial fire in Compton blackens LA skyUSA: Massive industrial fire in Compton blackens LA sky
February 26, 2021 at 19:04 GMT +00:00
01:22
Kazakhstan: Flamingos unexpectedly land on Karakol Lake in winter Kazakhstan: Flamingos unexpectedly land on Karakol Lake in winter
February 26, 2021 at 21:17 GMT +00:00
04:42
12th century Hammam discovered during Seville bar renovation12th century Hammam discovered during Seville bar renovation
February 26, 2021 at 11:38 GMT +00:00
03:08
State of Palestine: Tensions as Hebron marks 27 years since Ibrahimi Mosque massacreState of Palestine: Tensions as Hebron marks 27 years since Ibrahimi Mosque massacre
February 26, 2021 at 17:24 GMT +00:00
04:29
Want a new house? New York company can now print it for you in just two days!Want a new house? New York company can now print it for you in just two days!
February 26, 2021 at 15:03 GMT +00:00
01:53
Armenia: Drone footage captures anti-Pashinyan protest in YerevanArmenia: Drone footage captures anti-Pashinyan protest in Yerevan
February 26, 2021 at 21:44 GMT +00:00
01:28
Armenia: Protesters camp outside parliament, demand Pashinyan’s resignation Armenia: Protesters camp outside parliament, demand Pashinyan’s resignation
February 26, 2021 at 12:49 GMT +00:00
00:44
Argentina: Two daughters of Maradona appear before prosecutors for further testimonyArgentina: Two daughters of Maradona appear before prosecutors for further testimony
February 27, 2021 at 04:48 GMT +00:00
02:36
Yemen: Thousands protest blockade and closure of Sana’a airportYemen: Thousands protest blockade and closure of Sana’a airport
February 26, 2021 at 20:24 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:14
USA: Biden pledges help in post-winter storm recovery on Texas tripUSA: Biden pledges help in post-winter storm recovery on Texas trip
February 27, 2021 at 03:38 GMT +00:00
01:58
Greece: Police tear-gas supporters of far-left convict at Athens metro stationGreece: Police tear-gas supporters of far-left convict at Athens metro station
February 27, 2021 at 05:09 GMT +00:00
03:23
Germany: Berlin locals slam AstraZeneca vaccine scepticismGermany: Berlin locals slam AstraZeneca vaccine scepticism
February 26, 2021 at 19:34 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:54
Germany: Further easing of COVID restrictions possible in March-April - AltmaierGermany: Further easing of COVID restrictions possible in March-April - Altmaier
February 27, 2021 at 01:23 GMT +00:00
02:25
Georgia: Opposition demands re-elections during rally in Tbilisi Georgia: Opposition demands re-elections during rally in Tbilisi
February 26, 2021 at 19:45 GMT +00:00
02:06
Chile: Police use water cannon and tear gas against protesters in SantiagoChile: Police use water cannon and tear gas against protesters in Santiago
February 27, 2021 at 14:47 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:36
Russian diplomats return home from North Korea on self-propelled handcarRussian diplomats return home from North Korea on self-propelled handcar
February 25, 2021 at 21:39 GMT +00:00
02:20
Israel: Hundreds violate COVID restrictions to attend Tel Aviv street party ahead of Purim holidayIsrael: Hundreds violate COVID restrictions to attend Tel Aviv street party ahead of Purim holiday
February 26, 2021 at 23:23 GMT +00:00
02:59
USA: Golden statue of Trump greets attendees at CPAC conference in OrlandoUSA: Golden statue of Trump greets attendees at CPAC conference in Orlando
February 27, 2021 at 02:18 GMT +00:00
View all videos