Romania: Thousands march against fiscal reform in Bucharest

Protests over the government's decision to approve plans to reform the country's fiscal system continued in Bucharest as thousands took to the streets of the Romanian capital to voice their opposition and call for early elections, on Sunday night. Demonstrators gathered in the capital's Victory Square, as called by several NGO's and trade union associations such as the National Union Block (BNS... Еще) and Cartel Alfa, before proceeding to march towards Parliament. Local reports estimated the numbers of protesters at 25,000. During the march, some demonstrators faced-off with a group of deployed police officers, leading to minor tensions. On the way to Parliament, protesters stopped at University Square, where they paid homage to the local heroes of the 1989 anti-Communist revolution. Before arriving at Parliament, the march passed by the Justice Department and the crowd demanded the resignation of Justice Secretary Tudorel Toader. According to the plans of the ruling coalition, social contributions that are currently paid directly by the employer will have to be covered by the employee, starting from January 1st next year which would reportedly result in a five percent to 25 percent reduction in salary.

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