Civil society groups have called for a demonstration to take place in Bucharest on Friday, August 17, to denounce a recent crackdown on protests. According to local sources, demonstrators will rally at Piata Victoriei at 22:45 (local time). A similar demonstration is expected to take place at Piata Victoriei at 19:00 on Sunday, August 19. A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are anticipated in the vicinity of any gatherings. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Protests broke out in Bucharest on Friday, August 10, with tens of thousands of people gathering in the capital to denounce perceived poor governance and corruption, to demand that the ruling government resign, and to call for early elections. Clashes broke out between demonstrators and police, leaving over 450 people wounded. Related protests were held the same day in other cities in the country. Similar demonstrations were also held on August 11 and 12.
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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