Clashes in Bucharest over controversial amendments that boost MPs’ immunity

About 2000 people clashed with police on the night of December 15 2013 in central Bucharest in a protest against amendments passed last week by lawmakers and which decriminalise political corruption, in a move that has irked the West and the population as well.

The protest started early in the afternoon after a call launched on Facebook. After a couple of hours of peaceful demonstrations, the protesters wanted to change the location and headed towards the seat of the government. The gendarmes tried to prevent them and clashes ensued which continued on the way to the government.

Regrouped in a larger number front of the government premises, protesters called for the resignation of PM Victor Ponta.

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