Romanians protest against government, corruption

The Associated Press

Antigovernment protesters shout: “Democracy is under siege” in Bucharest on Sunday.

The Associated Press BUCHAREST (AP) — More than 10,000 Romanians gathered in the capital and thousands in other cities Sunday to protest government plans for legislation that critics said will weaken efforts to root out corruption.

Outside the government headquarters in Bucharest, demonstrators blew plastic vuvuzelas and yelled “Democracy is under siege” and “Justice, not corruption.”

Participants could be heard calling the ruling Social Democratic Party “the red plague.” They later marched through the city toward Parliament.

Magistrates, foreign ambassadors and the European Union also have opposed the proposed legislation, which, among other changes, would allow a person with a criminal conviction to be elected president.Speech

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