Opposition groups are calling for a march in Bucharest on Saturday, August 10, to protest the state forces' excessive use of violence that took place at an opposition demonstration on August 10, 2018. Participants plan to gather from 12:00 (local time) at Piața Victoriei and then head to Piața Revolutiei. Activists will then leave from Piața Revolutiei at 17:00 and march to Piața Victoriei via DIICOT headquarters on Grivitei street. Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in the march.
Associated protests are possible in other major cities. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected along the march route. At a similar protest last year, officials closed the Piața Victoriei metro station. Clashes between protesters and police forces cannot be ruled out.
On August 10, 2018, approximately 100,000 people gathered peacefully in Bucharest's Piața Victoriei to protest perceived government corruption. Police forces dispersed protesters using tear gas, water cannons, and batons, leaving more than 250 people reportedly injured.
Opposition protests over government corruption are commonplace in Romania, which has the highest level of perceived corruption in the EU.
Individuals in Bucharest, Romania more generally, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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