Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters staged a demonstration in Bucharest on Friday, August 10, denouncing perceived government corruption and calling for the ruling government to resign and hold early elections. Clashes between protesters and police left at least 200 people wounded, including both demonstrators and police officers; several protesters were also arrested. Tens of thousands of others reportedly staged related protests in other cities across the country.
Additional anti-government protests are possible in Bucharest and other Romanian cities in the coming days and weeks. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be anticipated near demonstration sites.
Opposition protests over government corruption are commonplace in Romania, which has the highest level of perceived corruption in the EU. Demonstrations have occurred regularly since December 2017, including protests in February in which at least half a million Romanians took to the streets.
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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