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Hundreds Injured in Romanian Anticorruption Protests

Hundreds Injured in Romanian Anticorruption Protests

(Football hooligans frequently appear at political protests in Romania.) In response, riot police reportedly fired tear gas, smoke grenades and a water cannon into the crowd at Victoriei Square in Bucharest, which also included many peaceful protesters.

Protests in Bucharest turned violent, with Euronews videos showing riot police officers beating demonstrators into the ground.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis condemned the "brutal intervention of the riot police" which left 70 people in need of medical attention.

Press outlets around the world covered the protest that took place in Bucharest, Romania on August 10, dubbed the "Diaspora's protest" as Romanians who live overseas travelled back to the country to protest the Dancila government and demand snap elections to take down the PSD-ALDE coalition, which has a strong majority in the Parliament.

"The interior ministry must explain urgently the way it handled tonight's events".

In reponse to the insurgence, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Saturday that she firmly condemns the violent actions that took place in Bucharest on Friday evening, which she states were carried out by "organised groups" that apparently hijacked a citizens' manifestation.

The protesters were demanding the resignation of the Social Democrat government. Messages projected on buildings around the square said "We are the people" and "No violence".

The money provides a lifeline for rural communities in one of the EU's least developed countries.

Critics are angry over what they say is entrenched corruption, low wages and attempts by the governing Social Democrats (PSD) to weaken the judiciary, Reuters news agency reported. "Unfortunately, it is still not possible, the ... people who govern us are not qualified and they are corrupt", he said, adding he hoped the next parliamentary election would see a bigger turnout. "I'm here to try and change something", he said.

Protesters gave the gendarmes white roses and chanted "No violence!" as well as "F*ck PSD!" or "PSD, the Red Plague".

- Romania' s capital Bucharest was bracing for another big demonstration on Saturday, only a day after more than 450 people were hurt and around 30 arrested in a huge anti-corruption protest. The changes are being challenged in the Constitutional Court.

Romania was ranked 49th out of 180 on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index for past year, below most other European nations.