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ROMANIA: More than 110,000 Romanians Diaspora protest against the government, in Bucharest. Thousands join the anti-corruption protest of the Romanian Diaspora in Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Sibiu, Timisoara

protest diasporaBUCHAREST, August 10, 2018 - Protesters demand the resignation of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncila and PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, who currently serves as the President of the Chamber of Deputies and who has been convicted of corruption in two separate cases and is being investigated in a third case. Many protesters also called for early elections.

The Romanian Diaspora protests against the way the coalition government PSD-ALDE significantly slow down the fight against high-level corruption and against corruption and incompetence of public officials, All these facts stop them to live  decent lives in their country of origin, Romania.

Similar demonstrations take place in other Romanian cities: Cluj-Napoca - 15,000 people, Iasi - 10,000, Sibiu - 10,000, Baia Mare - 3000, Timisoara - 5000, Brasov - 5000, Craiova, Oradea, Galati, Bacau.

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UPDATE: In Bucharest, anti-government protest turns violent. Gendarmerie fired tear gas into the crowd and hundreds needed medical attention. More than 450 protesters required medical assistance.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis condemned the police’s disproportionate use of force.

“I firmly condemn riot police’s brutal intervention, strongly disproportionate to the actions of the majority of people in the square,” he said on his Facebook page.

“The interior ministry must explain urgently the way it handled tonight’s events.”

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UPDATE : Bucharest, August 11, 2018 - Romanian diaspora protest against government corruption for second day. They are urging the government to resign

Thousands of Romanians held another anti-government protest on Saturday, a day after a earlier demonstration turned violent, leaving more than 450 people, including riot police, in need of medical treatment. Friday, August 10, the protests had degenerated into violence.Gendarmerie fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse tens of thousands protesting agaist Social Democratic Party (PSD).

These days a major anti-government protest takes place in Bucharest and in the biggest cities of Romania by Romanian diaspora.

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UPDATE: Bucharest, August 12, 2018 - Antigovernmental protests continue today in Victoria Square, in Bucharest. Thousands of protesters demand the government's resignation and early elections. There are no major incidents during the protests.

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Magdalena Butucea / Diplomatic Aspects

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