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Romania: Massive anti-corruption protest continues into fourth night02:03

Romania: Massive anti-corruption protest continues into fourth night

Romania, Bucharest
February 3, 2017 at 20:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

Tens of thousands protested for the fourth night in a row in Victory Square in Bucharest, Friday, as demonstrators gather in opposition to changes in the current criminal legislation that protect politicians from corruption charges.

One of the protesters, Nicoleta, commented that the “solution is that the court can redraw the law and then they [government] can go home because they are just stealing everything they can.” Another protester, Alain, said that “we want to take off the ordinance, and go with this ordinance [to] the parliament to decide if it's ok or not.”

A wave of protests have shaken the country over the last several days: on Thursday 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: Massive anti-corruption protest continues into fourth night02:03
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Tens of thousands protested for the fourth night in a row in Victory Square in Bucharest, Friday, as demonstrators gather in opposition to changes in the current criminal legislation that protect politicians from corruption charges.

One of the protesters, Nicoleta, commented that the “solution is that the court can redraw the law and then they [government] can go home because they are just stealing everything they can.” Another protester, Alain, said that “we want to take off the ordinance, and go with this ordinance [to] the parliament to decide if it's ok or not.”

A wave of protests have shaken the country over the last several days: on Thursday 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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