Romanians protest government corruption for a second straight day

Romania: Violent protest leaves 440 needing medical treatment

Romania: Violent protest leaves 440 needing medical treatment

Protesters around Bucharest's Victoriei Square waved Romanian and European Union flags, shouting "Justice, not corruption!"

About 1,000 officers in riot gear intervened to clear the crowds assembled in a central square outside the main government building after some protesters tried to break through the police cordon.

Romanians took to the street last night for a second night of protests demanding the resignation of the ruling Social Democratic Party (SDP) over claims of corruption.

Friday's protest organized on social media by groups of Romanians living overseas and returning for their summer vacation was one of the largest and brought to Victoriei Square over 100,000 people.

Tens of thousands staged peaceful protests in other Romanian cities.

"I firmly condemn riot police's brutal intervention, strongly disproportionate to the actions of the majority of people in the square", he said on his Facebook page.

As the protest continued well into the night, riot police used a water cannon and increasingly sprayed tear gas into the crowd. He also said he requested the attorney general look into the legality of the riot police's intervention.

At least 3 million Romanians live and work overseas, but local media reported that a number of them returned home to take part in this weekend's demonstrations, which also took place in other parts of the country.

People shine the lights of their mobile phones during a protest outside the government headquarters, in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

On Friday, more than 50,000 people took to the streets against what they described as entrenched corruption and low wages. Among them were a number of politicians, including a senator and 28 mayors. President Iohannis had been under extensive pressure from the PSD government to agree to her removal.

There were no immediate reports of life-threatening injuries, but Militaru said a female colleague had been "brutally beaten" and has a suspected fractured spine.

This summer, the PSD also moved forward with a judicial overhaul that some observers see as a threat to the rule of law in Romania.

With Kovesi at the helm, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (DNA) had led a crackdown on corruption among local and national elected officials, earning the enmity of many in Romania's political class and prompting critics to accuse it of abuse of power. The changes are being challenged in the constitutional court.

On Twitter, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz condemned "the violent clashes in Bucharest where numerous demonstrators and journalists were injured". "We expect full explanations".

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, in turn, accused Iohannis of "inciting the population against the authorities" and "using the dramatic effects of the events".

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