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Romania protests persist despite government climbdown

Monday, February 06, 2017 - 01:18

Romanians say they will not relent in their protests, even after the government scrapped a decree that would have shielded dozens of politicians from prosecution for corruption. Ivor Bennett reports.

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Their noise, and numbers, had been building for days. 140,000 protesters gathering outside the office of Romania's Prime Minister on Saturday night who eventually bowed to their demands (SOUNDBITE) (Romanian) ROMANIAN PRIME MINISTER SORIN GRINDEANU, SAYING: "We'll hold an extraordinary government meeting on Sunday to repeal this decree." The decree would've relaxed anti-corruption rules and shielded dozens of politicians from prosecution including the head of the ruling Social Democrats party. But for many, scrapping it isn't enough. They want the government to go. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, GABRIEL, SAYING: "They must go. It's an incompetent government in this country. We don't want it." The protests are now in their 6th day. 5000 people gathered outside government offices even as the decree was repealed. The government said it would relieve pressure on the prison system. But critics saw it as the biggest retreat on reforms since Romania joined the EU in 2007. With as many as nine western powers, including Germany and the US, expressing concern.

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Romania protests persist despite government climbdown

Monday, February 06, 2017 - 01:18