GOVERNMENT determination to press ahead with legislation to allow high-level corruption to go unpunished and a regressive tax overhaul brought protesters out throughout Romania on Sunday.
Thousands took to the streets in Cluj, Timisoara, Iasi, Brasov, Sibiu and Constanta to vent their anger at the Social Democratic Party (SDP) government, while thousands marched on parliament in Bucharest.
The protests were the biggest since massive anti-corruption protests at the beginning of the year, with tens of thousands out marching.
Demonstrations erupted after the government sought to decriminalise misconduct in office, eventually suspending its plans after more than two weeks of daily demonstrations.
Prosecutors recently froze SDP leader Liviu Dragnea’s assets amid a probe into the misuse of €21 million (£18.8m) in European Union funds.
The European Anti-Fraud Office asked Romania to recover the funds fraudulently paid to officials from the European Regional Development Fund for road construction in Romania.