Third night of anti-government protests in Romania

Third night of anti-government protests in Romania

Third night of anti-government protests in Romania

Romanians protested against corruption in Bucharest and major provincial cities for a second day running on Saturday, demanding the Social Democrat government's resignation.

Tens of thousands also staged peaceful protests in other Romanian cities including Timisoara, Cluj, Iasi and Sibiu, marching against attempts to weaken the fight against corruption in the country.

The Bucharest-Ilfov Ambulance service said more than 200 people received medical treatment, both protesters and police officers. He also said he requested the attorney general look into the legality of the riot police's intervention.

Romania Insider reports that on Friday night, some aggressive protesters, possibly football hooligans, began clashing with police. They demanded that the Parliament be dissolved, that early elections be held, that a government of technocrats be created, within a unicameral Parliament, which would include 300 senators, 100 of which should be representatives of the diaspora.

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Reuters reported that at least 400 people sought medical attention and that the protests were organized in large part by Romanian expats working outside of the country.

Among the protesters was truck driver Daniel Ostafi, 42, who moved to Italy 15 years ago in search of a future he says Romania could not offer his family. Protesters threw bottles at police and other items. They sent home just under $5 billion previous year, a lifeline for rural communities in one of the EU's least developed countries.

Eugene, a 62-year-old construction worker, traveled especially to Bucharest on Friday to protest at what he said was "endemic corruption".

Protesters briefly clear the center of the square after riot police fired teargas outside the government headquarters, in Bucharest, Romania. The changes are pending Constitutional Court challenges.

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Romania ranks as one of the EU's most corrupt states, and its justice system is kept under special monitoring by Brussels.

"We strongly condemn the violent clashes in Bucharest where many demonstrators and journalists have been injured", Austrian chancellor Sebastina Kurz wrote on his Twitter account.

After winning power in 2016, the PSD attempted to decriminalize several corruption offenses through an emergency decree, leading to thousands of Romanians taking to the streets in protest and forcing the party to back down. "We expect a full explanation".

An estimated 3 to 5 million Romanians are working and living overseas, the World Bank has said, or about a quarter of the European Union state's overall population.

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