Thousands of people participated in a protest march through downtown Bucharest on Saturday, July 27, denouncing authorities' alleged slow response to emergency calls from a 15-year-old girl who claimed to have been kidnapped and is now presumed to have been murdered. Related, smaller protests reportedly took place in other Romanian cities. A suspect has been detained in connection with the case.
A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the capital over the coming hours.
Individuals in Bucharest and other affected areas are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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