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Thousands protest in Romania over changes to the judicial system

Huge protests in Romania over new proposals by the Justice Minister to make changes to the judicial system

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Thousands protest in Romania over changes to the judicial system

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More than a thousand people have participated in protests in Romania’s capital and other cities to oppose proposed changes to the judicial system.

Demonstrators gathered outside government offices in Bucharest on Sunday called the ruling Social Democratic Party “the red plague” and yelling “A government of thieves and Mafioso!”

People took to the streets in half a dozen cities around the country to protest the proposals submitted by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader.

Toader recommended having the president no longer appoint the general prosecutor and the chief anti-corruption prosecutor, a main function of Romania’s presidency.

He also suggested a process to punish prosecutors and judges for erroneous rulings and prosecutions.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has criticised the proposal.

Protesters say it would slow efforts to root out corruption.