Stop Barnevernet, 16 April

Românii din Texas organizează un rally pentru Familia Bodnariu Sâmbătă, aprilie 16, 2016 la orele 10 in fața Consulatului Norvegian din Houston. Adresa: 3410 West Dallas Street, Houston, Texas 77019. Asteptam si solicitam participarea a sute de români din tot statul. Rugăm pe toti românii din Texas si statele adiacente să participe.

 E vorba de un rally nu mars, care se va ține pe trotuarele străzii din fața Consulatului, pe ambele părți ale străzii. Va începe la timp și anticipăm că va dura 2 ore ori chiar mai mult.

 Initiatorii si organizatorii principali ai evenimentului sunt toate bisericile române din Houston.

 Rally de la Houston e deosebit de important deoarece Norvegia deriva profituri uriase din afacerile care le face in Houston. Peste 200 de companii norvegiene fac afaceri in Houston, iar comunitatea norvegiana din Houston e cea mai mare din afara Norvegiei, in jur de 10.000 de norvegieni. Mari companii din Houston (Baker Hughes, Halliburton, KBR ori Exxon) investesc sume uriase in industria energetica a Norvegiei. Texasul e un punct strategic in eforturile noastre comune de a demasca aspectele intunecate ale Norvegiei si abuzurile pe care Barnevernet le face impotriva familiei si a copiilor.

 Va oferim o lista a oraselor din intreaga lume unde am fost informati ca se vor tine proteste:




P R E S S  R E L E A S E

 For Immediate Release

April 9, 2016

Houston, Texas

National Contact:          Rev. Cristian Ionescu (Chicago, Tel. 847-636-1744)

 Houston Contact:          Attorney Peter Costea (Tel. 713-337-4304; Email                                                          

 Hundreds of Romanian-Americans from all over Texas will peacefully rally in front of the Norwegian Consulate General of Houston to protest the unlawful seizure by the Norwegian Government of the five (5) children of Marius and Ruth Bodnariu, a Pentecostal Romanian-Norwegian family living in Norway.

Date and time:            Saturday, February 16, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Location:                     In front of the Norwegian Consulate General of Houston, at 3410 W.                                    Dallas Street,    Houston, Texas 77019


 Millions of Romanians have left their homeland in the last several decades to escape political and religious persecution at the hands of the Communist regime. Many others left seeking a better life abroad. Thousands resettled in Norway as well where, as everywhere else in the world, they have maintained their deeply held religious beliefs and traditional values.

 On November 16, 2015 Norway’s Child Protective Services, known in Norway as Barnevernet, seized the five (5) children of Marius and Ruth Bodnariu under cover of darkness and without court order. Four police officers and two social workers stormed the family farm, falsely accused the parents of abusing their children, and seized the children, aged between three (3) months and 9 years old at that time. Inappropriate and discriminatory comments were made about the family’s religion and faith, including the alarming allegation that the family’s religion inhibits the proper development of the children.

 Norway had long targeted the natural family and has a systematic policy of removing ethnic children from their immigrant parents and placing them in foster homes, depriving the parents of their parental rights, and then putting the children up for adoption.

 Since November 16, 2015 tens of thousands of Romanians have held peaceful rallies in Romania, Europe, North America, and Australia to protest the violation of the Bodnariu family’s parental rights and parental autonomy. More demonstrations are planned in support of the family in Poland, Russia, the Czeck Republic, and other countries where families which have also been victimized by Norway’s Child Protective Services live.

 On April 16, 2016 Texas’ Romanian-Americans will join this international protest.

 Houston is home to 10,000 Norwegian citizens, the largest Norwegian community outside of Norway. Some 200 Norwegian companies do business in the Houston Greater Metropolitan Area.


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