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Romania: Protester arrested as anti-corruption rallies continue in Bucharest01:05

Romania: Protester arrested as anti-corruption rallies continue in Bucharest

Romania, Bucharest
February 2, 2017 at 21:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

One protester was arrested during the protests as about 4,500 people gathered at Victoriei Square in Bucharest, Thursday, to protest changes to the current criminal legislation that protect politicians from corruption charges.

A large number of police and security officers were deployed to secure the rally and protect the Victoriei Palace, which is the Romanian government's residence.

Earlier in the day, some 150,000 people marched in the Romanian capital against the cabinet led by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, who approved criminal law changes after the introduction of an emergency ordinance. Justice Minister Florin Lordache stated that the measures will decriminalise cases of official misconduct where the financial damage is valued at less than $47,800 (€44,290).

Protesters believe that the changes will curb anti-corruption measures. Romania has had 1,170 cases of abuse in office over the last three years, amounting to close to a billion euros worth of damage, according to anti-corruption chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi.

Romania: Protester arrested as anti-corruption rallies continue in Bucharest01:05
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One protester was arrested during the protests as about 4,500 people gathered at Victoriei Square in Bucharest, Thursday, to protest changes to the current criminal legislation that protect politicians from corruption charges.

A large number of police and security officers were deployed to secure the rally and protect the Victoriei Palace, which is the Romanian government's residence.

Earlier in the day, some 150,000 people marched in the Romanian capital against the cabinet led by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, who approved criminal law changes after the introduction of an emergency ordinance. Justice Minister Florin Lordache stated that the measures will decriminalise cases of official misconduct where the financial damage is valued at less than $47,800 (€44,290).

Protesters believe that the changes will curb anti-corruption measures. Romania has had 1,170 cases of abuse in office over the last three years, amounting to close to a billion euros worth of damage, according to anti-corruption chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi.

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