UPDATE: Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has resigned.
In September, Mr Ponta became the first sitting Romanian prime minister to go on trial charged with corruption. He faces allegations of fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.
About 30,000 protesters marched through the Romanian capital, demanding that the government and local authorities resign in the wake of a nightclub fire in which 32 people died.
Some 130 people remain hospitalized, of whom about 90 people are still in critical or serious condition after fire engulfed the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest on Friday evening during a heavy-metal rock concert. Witnesses say a spark during a pyrotechnics show ignited foam decor in the club.
Romania’s health minister Raed Arafat has said that people should be braced for the death toll to double because of many of the injured were exposed to toxic gasses for extended periods of time.
The protest began Tuesday evening and grew larger as thousands joined the demonstration directed at Prime Minister Victor Ponta, Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea and a district mayor where the Colectiv nightclub was located.
People shouted “Shame on you!” and “Assassins!” and waved Romanian flags. Anger has been brewing for some time in Romania against the government, which many perceive as being corrupt, and last Friday’s fire has added to the discontent.
The protesters are demanding that authorities punish people deemed responsible for the blaze, the deadliest of its kind in the country’s history.
The demonstration had a confrontation with antiriot police, but was otherwise peaceful.
Protestul „DEMISIA Piedone, subordonaților lui și tuturor celo…Îmbrânceli și libertate. #colectiv
Posted by Privesc.Eu on Tuesday, November 3, 2015
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