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Romania: 13th day of government protests draw tens of thousands

The enormous crowds assembled on Sunday in Victory Square marked the 13th consecutive day of anti-government demonstrations.

By: AP | Bucharest |
February 13, 2017 8:19:45 am
Sorin Grindeanu (C) gestures while answering a question during a press conference held alongside Romania's Social Democrat party (PSD) leader, Liviu Dragnea (R), in Bucharest, Romania December 28, 2016. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea/via REUTERS    ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. ROMANIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN ROMANIA Protesters numbering in the tens of thousands gathered outside the Romanian government’s offices to demand the resignation of the East European country’s leadership. (Representational Image)

Protesters numbering in the tens of thousands gathered outside the Romanian government’s offices to demand the resignation of the East European country’s leadership. The enormous crowds assembled on Sunday in Victory Square marked the 13th consecutive day of anti-government demonstrations in Bucharest, the capital. They later formed a huge human Romanian flag.

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The protests demanding a new government and a new style of governance started last month when the centre-left government passed an emergency ordinance that would have watered down laws that punish official corruption.

“I’ve been coming here to show them they can’t just govern the way they like. They can’t trick us or buy us off with a few lei,” demonstrator Bogdan Bogatoniu said, referring to the Romanian currency.

“Romanians have woken up, they can’t be fooled anymore,” said Bogatoniu, a 33-year old IT expert who came to the square with his wife and 2-month-old son.

Thousands also protested in the cities of Cluj, Sibiu, Iasi, and Timisoara.

Premier Sorin Grindeanu withdrew the disputed decree a week ago following days of demonstrations, the biggest street protests since communism ended in 1989. The justice minister resigned last week over widespread public anger.

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