Opposition party Save Romania Union (USR) has called on supporters to join in a protest in Bucharest on Wednesday, June 27, continuing a series of recent anti-corruption protests; the demonstration has been scheduled to coincide with a vote in parliament on a no-confidence motion against the government. The protest is expected to begin at 12:00 (local time) outside the Palace of Parliament, at Parcul Izvor (Izvor Park). Turnout could be significant, as USR leaders have called on citizens to take the day off of work and travel to Bucharest if necessary to take part. Additional related demonstrations are possible in Bucharest and elsewhere in Romania in the coming days. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are expected near protest sites.
Thousands of people participated in related protests on Sunday, June 24, in Bucharest and other cities across the country, condemning corruption in general and a controversial amendment to the criminal code in particular. Similar demonstrations, drawing thousands of protesters, also took place earlier in the week. Opponents to the amendment claim that the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) is pushing the changes through to facilitate corruption, especially as relates to abuse of office, for which PSD leader Liviu Dragnea was recently sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison. The PSD previously attempted to change the criminal code and decriminalize abuse of office in 2017, but backed down after massive protests.
Individuals in Romania, particularly in Bucharest, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Anticipate transportation disruptions near protest areas.
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