Tens of thousands of people gathered in Bucharest’s Victoriei Square on Saturday evening for another protest against the PSD-ALDE government.
The violent clashes during Friday’s protest, when the riot police used tear gas and water cannons against the crowd to clear the square, after being provoked by some groups of hooligans, determined many people to go to the streets again on Saturday. They were more determined than ever to continue their protests against the government and the ruling coalition that supports it.
Saturday’s protest was largely peaceful after the previous demonstration turned violent and 30 people were arrested. Security forces held back this time as people chanted “Down with the government!” and “Justice, not corruption!”
“I came after seeing what happened on Friday on television — the brutality of the police against peaceful people,” Floarea Toader, 64, told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
“My children work in Spain and they would like to come back. But for now that’s not possible as the politicians are only interested in themselves and do nothing for anyone else.”
Expatriates visiting home like Corina from Germany were among those who joined the crowd:
“We need a change. we need to change the politicians,” she said. “We need to change the government, because all of them are incapable to do something for us. They’re only thinking of themselves. We will not give up, we’ll not give up until something is gonna change, until they leave us, until they give us the chance for a better life”
Euronews/Romania-Insider/DW/Agence France Presse