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Romania: President Iohannis attends anti-govt rally as nightclub death toll hits 4501:08

Romania: President Iohannis attends anti-govt rally as nightclub death toll hits 45

Romania, Bucharest
November 8, 2015 at 03:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis attended an anti-government rally on Bucharest's University Square, Sunday, as the death toll from the Colectiv Club fire rose to 45 following the deaths of four more people earlier in the day. Iohannis was met by thousands of protesters, many of whom booed the president as he made his way through the crowd.

The protests began in response to the Colectiv Club disaster which occurred on October 30 when pyrotechnics malfunctioned inside the nightclub, killing 45 people and leaving more than 100 critically injured. Protesters are calling for Romania's parliament to be dismissed and new elections held.

Protesters allege government corruption led to lax regulations and inadequate safety measures which played a role in the incident. Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned on November 4, following mounting protests in the wake of the club fire. The district mayor of Bucharest and the Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea also resigned, yet tensions continue to build.

Romania: President Iohannis attends anti-govt rally as nightclub death toll hits 4501:08
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Romanian President Klaus Iohannis attended an anti-government rally on Bucharest's University Square, Sunday, as the death toll from the Colectiv Club fire rose to 45 following the deaths of four more people earlier in the day. Iohannis was met by thousands of protesters, many of whom booed the president as he made his way through the crowd.

The protests began in response to the Colectiv Club disaster which occurred on October 30 when pyrotechnics malfunctioned inside the nightclub, killing 45 people and leaving more than 100 critically injured. Protesters are calling for Romania's parliament to be dismissed and new elections held.

Protesters allege government corruption led to lax regulations and inadequate safety measures which played a role in the incident. Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned on November 4, following mounting protests in the wake of the club fire. The district mayor of Bucharest and the Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea also resigned, yet tensions continue to build.

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