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Romanians vow to demonstrate until government resigns

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - 01:10

Romanian protesters demand resignation of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu government over a corruption decree that has sparked the biggest protests since the 1989 fall of communism. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Romanians filled Bucharest's Victory Square for a seventh night of protests on Tuesday (February 7), demanding the resignation of the country's Social Democrat-led government over a corruption decree. Earlier on Tuesday, Romania's president tore into the government in parliament, admonishing it for issuing the decree a week ago "at night, in secret" without consulting parliament. Centrist President Klaus Iohannis, backed the government to stay in power amid the largest protests in the country since the fall of communism in 1989. Some protesters have pledged to keep up the pressure until Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu resigns, although the number taking to the streets has fallen. After 250,000 protested on Sunday (February 5) night and 25,000 on Monday(February 6), turnout dropped to around 5,000 in Bucharest on Tuesday and several thousand in other cities. In the capital they chanted, "United we will save Romania."

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Romanians vow to demonstrate until government resigns

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - 01:10