Romanian police tear gas anti-corruption protesters

A protest against government corruption by Romanian expat workers turned ugly in Bucharest

A protest against government corruption by Romanian expat workers turned ugly in Bucharest

With Kovesi at the helm, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (DNA) had led a crackdown on corruption among local and national elected officials in recent years, earning accusations of abuse of power and the enmity of many in Romania's political class.

Thousands of people also joined demonstrations in other main Romanian cities, including Cluj in the northwest, central Sibiu and Timisoara in the west. Video footage posted on social media show police beating non-violent protesters holding their hands up.

Friday's protests were organised and promoted by groups of Romanians working overseas, angry at what they say is entrenched corruption, low wages and attempts by the PSD to weaken the judiciary in one of the European Union's most corrupt states. "I condemn firmly the brutal intervention of the Gendarmerie, strongly disproportional compared to the manifestations of most of the people in Victoriei Square", he wrote on his Facebook account.

Over 200 people, both protesters and riot police, needed medical care and 16 people were taken to the hospital. "The interior ministry must explain urgently the way it handled tonight's events".

Mihai Podut, 27, a construction worker who left in 2014, first for France and later Germany, added: "Almost all of the public sector is malfunctioning, it must be changed completely and replaced with capable people".

An estimated three to five million Romanians work and live overseas, the World Bank has said, up to a quarter of the state's population, taking roles ranging from day labourers to doctors. According to Eurostat, Romanians overseas sent Euro 31.7 billion to the country between 2007 and 2017. At least one man was detained.

"I left to give my children a better life, which was not possible here then", said Ostafi.

Police and protestors clash outside government buildings in Bucharest
Police and protestors clash outside government buildings in Bucharest

Peaceful protests have repeatedly been held since the Social Democrats took power in early 2017 and tried to decriminalize several corruption offences.

"We don't want our country to be governed by thieves who line their own pockets", said Georgeta Anghel, 43, who has lived in Spain for 14 years.

This year it pushed changes to the criminal code through parliament that have raised concerns from the European commission and USA state department. The changes are pending Constitutional Court challenges.

Under Kovesi's leadership, corruption conviction rates rose sharply in one of the EU's most corruption-plagued members.

Some politicians from the ruling coalition derided the rally in the run up, saying they did not understand why the diaspora would protest.

"I would ask our ruling politicians to switch places with us, work the way we do and see what that is like".

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