Romanians return to the streets to protest corruption

Romania anti-government protests.

Tens of thousands of Romanians have once again taken part in anti-corruption protests across the country, a day after at least 450 people were injured in clashes between protesters and the police.

The organizers of the protest demanded that the government renounce the recent laws and measures that, according to them, are tailored to promote the interests of corrupt politicians.

The protesters also called for prosecuting the perpetrators of the violence of the previous night.

The demonstrations on Saturday passed peacefully, with approximately 25,000 people taking part in the capital, Bucharest, according to the Agerpres news agency.

Some 10,000 more met in Lasi, about 8,000 people in Timisoara and 5000 more in Sibiu, the agency reported. Smaller protests were also held in other cities in the country.

The protesters return for a second night of demonstrations.

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According to the Mediafax news agency, 452 people, including 35 police officers, were injured when the Friday night protest turned violent.

A small group tried to assault government offices and confronted riot police.

President Klaus Iohannis, an opponent of the government led by the Social Democrats and critic of its corruption policy, criticized the police's reaction as "brutal".

The ruling coalition has passed laws limiting the power of the DNA anti-corruption agency and fired its boss, Laura Kovesi.

Romania, a former communist bloc country, joined the European Union in 2008, but remains under a special mechanism that oversees the status of its judicial reforms and the fight against corruption.

People turn on the lights of their mobile phones during a protest in front of the government headquarters in Bucharest.

People turn on the lights of their mobile phones during a protest in front of the government headquarters in Bucharest.

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