Romania Protests: Thousands Hold Fresh Rallies After Clashes

Thousands of Romanians are again taking part in an anti-government rally in Bucharest, a day after clashes left more than 400 people injured.

So far the protest near the government offices has been noisy but peaceful.

Similar demonstrations are also reported in other cities including Cluj, Sibiu, Timisoara and Iasi.

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On Friday, more than 50,000 people took to the streets against what they described as entrenched corruption and low wages.

Many of the demonstrators are Romanian expats who have returned from across Europe to voice their anger at the government.

Several police officers were hurt on Friday as some protesters threw bottles and police used tear gas and water cannon.

President Klaus Iohannis said the police reaction was “disproportionate”.

“I firmly condemn riot police’s brutal intervention, strongly disproportionate to the actions of the majority of people,” he said.

What happened in Bucharest on Friday? The demonstration was staged in front of the government headquarters in the city centre.

The protesters were demanding the resignation of the government, objecting to the perceived efforts to weaken the judiciary by the governing Social Democrats (PSD).

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The violence began when some in the crowd tried to break into the government building – but were held back by the police security cordon.

Other protesters were seen throwing paving slabs at the police, who responded with tear gas, pepper spray and water cannon.

Police revealed they had acted in a proportionate way, responding to the violent behaviour of hooligans in the crowd.

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