Romanian police announced on Monday, August 20, that one man had died from injuries sustained in a protest held on August 10 in Bucharest. During the protest, police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse peaceful protesters. The man reportedly died of a heart attack triggered by inhalation of chemical agents in tear gas. Approximately 300 complaints of police brutality related to the August 10 protests have been filed with Romanian prosecutors. Continued protests nationwide are expected in the near future. A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are anticipated in the vicinity of any gatherings. Further clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Protests broke out in Bucharest on August 10, with tens of thousands of people gathering in the capital to denounce perceived poor governance and corruption, to demand 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, 12, 17, and 19.
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.
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