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Thousands took to the streets in Bucharest, countrywide in protest against criminal codes amendments, clashed with gendarmes

Thousands took to the streets in Bucharest, countrywide in protest against criminal codes amendments, clashed with gendarmes

Thousands of people took to the streets again on Wednesday evening in Bucharest and other cities in Romania to shout in rage against the latest amendments the Parliament had operated on the criminal codes.

Digi24 reported there were over 4,500 people in Victoriei Square in the Capital, 4,000 in Sibiu, 1,000 in Iasi, 1,000 in Brasov and 300 in Oradea and the most numerous protesters were counted in Cluj- 5,000.

Mediafax news agency said there were 2,000 protesters in the Capital.

Traffic has been blocked in Victoriei Square and clashes between gendarmes and protesters have been reported after people had broken the police cordon and had sat down on the asphalt. “Thieves, thieves!”, “You won’t get away!’ they shouted.

Six protesters allegedly blocking the traffic on Aviatorilor Blvd have been taken in custody and taken for hearings at the police station, Bucharest Gendarmerie announced. Other two people have been previously fined by RON 4,500 for instigation to violence.

The Corruption Kills and #rezist civic platforms reported on their Facebook pages that German journalist Paul Arne Wagner from Passport Productions has been detained by the gendarmes, taken from the crowd while he was filming and got in the Gendarmerie’s van next to other protesters.

Shortly before 8 p.m., the SMURD ambulance’s intervention was needed for a woman who fainted. Eyewitnesses said the gendarmes had used tear gas.

Philosopher Mihai Sora, aged 101, famous for attending most of the protest rallies against the Government and the criminal laws’ amendments, came in Victoriei Square also this time. His arrival was hailed by the crowd, while gendarmes deployed in front of the Government building (Victoria Palace) surrounded Sora and tried to demarcate the area where incidents had been registered.

Many of the protesters in Victoriei Square also protested earlier in the day before the Parliament. PSD deputy Nicolae Bacalbasa was booed when he left the Parliament’s building and was pushed by one of the protesters. The SocDem MP needed the gendarmes’ protection, who escorted him through Izvor Park up to the tube station.

In Sibiu, the protest is organized by the community “We see you from Sibiu”, whose slogan this night was “we entered the final stage of the battle for Romania’s future”.

Similar protest rallies also took place in Cluj-Napoca, Brasov, Iasi, Oradea, Galati, Ploiesti and Constanta.

Protesters waved tricolor, US and EU flags, chanting: “We want early elections”, “Resignation”, “Dragnea and his gang/ traitors of the nation”.

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