Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Over 450 injured in clashes with cops as Romania protests intensifies

Over 450 injured in clashes with cops as Romania protests intensifies

Thousands of Romanians staged another anti-government protest Saturday a day after a previous demonstration turned violent, leaving 455 people, including three dozen riot police, in need of medical treatment.

The rally, organized on social media under the motto "Diaspora at Home", called on Romanians living overseas to return home and gather at the square to protest what they say is a corrupt government.

Initial data indicated that more than 400 people received medical care at the square and two gendarmes were attacked, it said. He also said he requested the attorney general look into the legality of the riot police's intervention.

Bucharest, the nations capital, teemed with European Union and Romanian flags accompanied by the sound of banging drums and chanting slogans as protesters filled the streets.

In the last 15 years, around four million people have left Romania, one of the European Union's poorest member states with an average monthly wage of just €520.

Tens of thousands of Romanians flocked to an anti-government protest in Bucharest on Friday, urging the left-wing government to resign and call an early election.

CDC: 4 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota
Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing holes in screens and making sure screens fit tightly to doors and windows. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 800-433-1610.

An estimated three to five million Romanians work and live overseas, the World Bank has said, up to a quarter of the state's population, taking roles ranging from day labourers to doctors.

Around 150,000 protesters gathered in Bucharest after the Social Democrats took power a year ago following the government passing a decree to decriminalise several corruption offences. Protesters threw bottles at police and other items.

In July, President Klaus Iohannis approved the dismissal of anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, who had been leading corruption investigations on local and national politicians.

Iohannis has been at loggerheads with the PSD, accusing it of attempting to weaken the fight against corruption, putting pressure on the judicial system, and of implementing bad fiscal policies. The changes are pending Constitutional Court challenges.

"We strongly condemn the violent clashes in Bucharest where many demonstrators and journalists have been injured", Austrian chancellor Sebastina Kurz wrote on his Twitter account. "We expect full explanations".

After Iohannis criticized the police response to Friday's demonstration, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said Iohannis was "inciting the population against the authorities", AFP reported.

Like this: