Romania: More anti-corruption protests held blasting gov’t

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — More than 10,000 Romanians gathered in the capital and thousands in other cities Sunday to protest government plans for legislation that critics say 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” and

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.

The bill also would give Romania’s justice minister the job of naming the country’s top prosecutors, currently a main function of the presidency.

Tavi Carder, 49, a manager at a private transport company, was among the participants at the Bucharest demonstration. He said he thinks the measures were designed to benefit lawmakers.