Civil society groups have called for a demonstration to take place in Bucharest on Monday, September 10, to protest the policies of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) and to denounce a recent crackdown on protests. According to local sources, demonstrators will rally at Piata Victoriei at 16:00 (local time). 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.
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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