Romania: Scuffles erupt as 60,000 protest law changes

Around 60,000 protesters took to the streets of Bucharest on Saturday evening angered by a judicial overhaul pushed by the ruling coalition of Social and Liberal Democrats. Scuffles erupted in University Square where the rally kicked off with at least one person detained. Protesters marched to the Palace of Parliament where they chanted slogans, lit flashlights and waved a large EU flag... Еще. They claim the leaders of the ruling parties are seeking to shelter themselves from justice by changing the laws that could incriminate them. The PSD chairman and president of the lower chamber of Parliament Liviu Dragnea has a suspended sentence for election fraud and is also under criminal investigation in at least two more cases over alleged abuse of power in office and embezzlement of EU funds. The Lib-Dem chairman and president of the Senate Calin Popescu Tariceanu is also on trial for perjury. Another attempt to “whitewash” criminal files was made in early 2017 by means of an emergency decree that some say legalized corruption. The legislation was repealed after massive pressure from the streets, the EU and foreign media attention.

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