#Eurosphere agenda: Massive anti-corruption protests in Romania continues…

Romania leaders under growing pressure amid protests

A new decree to free officials jailed for corruption has sparked outrage across Romania.

Romania protests continue against government ‘thieves’

Aljazeera.com3 hours ago
“I do not want to divide Romania,” a pale and tired-looking Grindeanu said in a televised address, sparking cheers and celebrations late into .
“I won’t have to tell him his father was a coward,” business minister Florin Jianu said of his young son, as tens of thousands marched against a law that would protect corrupt officials.
Parents explain why they have brought their children to anti-government protests in Bucharest.
Bucharest is currently experiencing its largest demonstrations for the past 26 years. On Thursday evening almost 90,000 people once more marched against the government’s controversial decrees. The measures, which are viewed as a bitter setback for the fight against corruption, would among other things ease punishment for corrupt officials. The government hadn’t reckoned with such a mass mobilisation, commentators agree.
The country’s PM says the decree decriminalising some corruption offences is to be repealed.

The staff of Népszabadság. Used with permission from “Népszabi” editorial team Facebook page.

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