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Romania: 200,000 continue protests in Bucharest despite repeal of corruption decree02:44

Romania: 200,000 continue protests in Bucharest despite repeal of corruption decree

Romania, Bucharest
February 5, 2017 at 23:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

Around 200,000 Romanians participated in an anti-government rally at Bucharest's Victory Square on Sunday, hours after Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu announced the withdrawal of a controversial decree that would have decriminalised some cases of official corruption.

Despite the government's decision to officially repeal the controversial emergency ordinance, thousands of activists from Bucharest and other Romanian cities, who arrived in the capital following a call on social networks, took to the square in front of the Government Palace and chanted "Thieves" and "Resignation."

Many of the protesters said that the measures taken by the government on Sunday, five days after mass protests against the law started, were not sufficient and that the people had no more trust in the government who came to power last December.

Sunday's rally became the biggest rally Romanians witnessed in the last 25 years. All the boulevards around the square were reportedly full of people with banners and flags.

Romania: 200,000 continue protests in Bucharest despite repeal of corruption decree02:44
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Around 200,000 Romanians participated in an anti-government rally at Bucharest's Victory Square on Sunday, hours after Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu announced the withdrawal of a controversial decree that would have decriminalised some cases of official corruption.

Despite the government's decision to officially repeal the controversial emergency ordinance, thousands of activists from Bucharest and other Romanian cities, who arrived in the capital following a call on social networks, took to the square in front of the Government Palace and chanted "Thieves" and "Resignation."

Many of the protesters said that the measures taken by the government on Sunday, five days after mass protests against the law started, were not sufficient and that the people had no more trust in the government who came to power last December.

Sunday's rally became the biggest rally Romanians witnessed in the last 25 years. All the boulevards around the square were reportedly full of people with banners and flags.

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