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Update: Dozens chant in front of Parliament against amendments to the laws of justice. Further protests expected

Tens of people gathered Thursday evening in front of the Parliament building to protest against the draft bills to amend the laws of justice.

It was the second consecutive night when the protesters have shifter the site from Victoriei Square to the Parliament, blowing vuvuzelas and chanting against the ruling PSD, stiri.tvr.ro informs.

The number of gendarmes was reduced against the previous night and the manifestation was peaceful.

Wednesday evening, in front of the Parliament, hundreds protested against the vote to amend the laws of justice, under the title “Come to Parliament! NOW! #faraviolenta” (no violence), while in the Chamber of Deputies was debated Law 303/2004 on the status of magistrates, although PNL and USR have called for the postponement of the debates. The protesters chanted “Thieves”, “Dragnea in prison”, and “Early elections, early elections!” The call for protest was made by the communities “600,000 for Resistance”, “We Insist”, “Corruption kills”, “ProFest and Declic” Civic Association.

About one hundred people protested Thursday evening also downtown the western city of Timisoara.

Various sources have announced on Thursday fresh protests against the amendments to the laws of justice. Former minister Vlad Voiculescu has launched, on Facebook, an appeal towards Romanians to take to the streets to protest in front of the Parliament, where “a noisy clan of thugs control the country for years and want to own it as natural persons undisturbed.”

The association “Corruption kills” has also launched an appeal for large protests in Victoriei Square, realitatea.net informs.

“If you are in Bucharest, go to the Parliament! At the entrance from Izvor (park) there are already people who really care! It’s incredible what is going on in Parliament! A noisy clan of thugs control the country for years and want to own it as natural persons undisturbed! That’s all they know, that’s all they can do! They do not know other ways. They have to be stopped! Go to Parliament!” Vlad Voiculescu wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. He mentioned he was in Brussels and is to return to Bucharest on Thursday.

“Corruption kills” also wrote on Facebook to launch an appeal for large protests in Victoriei Square on Sunday, at 18.00h. “The dictatorship of thieves has started. We call on Romanians in the country, in Diaspora, to come to Bucharest!” their release reads.

Law 303/2004 on the status of judges and prosecutors was adopted on Wednesday by articles in a marathon session that lasted more than 12 hours, but the final vote was postponed because the PSD-ALDE-UDMR failed to gather enough MPs to adopt the bill. The only amendment adopted by the plenum against the ‘Iordache commission’s option was the state’s obligation to turn against the magistrate who committed an error in bad faith or by serious negligence. “The final vote will be agreed upon in a subsequent Standing Bureau meeting,” said the sitting chairman Gabriel Vlase at the end of the debates.

The special parliamentary committee set up to amend the justice laws has Okayed on Thursday afternoon the establishment of a department “to investigate the corruption crimes in the judiciary system”, with opposition parties PNL and USR vetoing it.

According to the amendment unanimously voted by the PSD-ALDE majority in the committee, the department to investigate crimes committed by magistrates is set up and will function within the Prosecutor General’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice and will “have the exclusive authority to carry out criminal prosecution for corruption crimes or related to the abuse of office committed by judges and prosecutors, including for the ones who are members of the Superior Council of Magistracy, as well as military judges and prosecutors.”

 

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