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Bucharest: no Christmas fair in Victory Square

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Bucharest: no Christmas fair in Victory Square

Bucharest: no Christmas fair in Victory Square
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A proposed Christmas fair has provoked anger and further protests near the seat of the Romanian government in Bucharest. Around 300 people gathered in Victory Square to demonstrate against an event said to have been organized to prevent rallies in the area. Under Romanian law, only one public gathering is allowed in any one place at any one time.

One protester said his rights were being restricted and called for more people to gather.

"Everything bothers me! What these villains are doing is affecting me. They are restricting our rights. If we lose this square, it means everybody else loses it. We are already losing, there are not enough people here", he said.

Anti-corruption rallies have been taking place in Victory Square for months.

Authorities in the capital recently announced a ban on protests throughout the month of December. But Saturday’s demonstration went ahead regardless, preventing the fair from being set up.

The city’s mayor, Gabriela Firea, has since said she will move it to another location.