İlknur Şebnem Öztemel – TDO – Mass demonstrations are continuing as Romania’s Prime Minister, Sorin Grindeanu, refused to repeal amnesty decree declared on 18th of January. Critics say that it will free corrupt officials from jail early and shield others from conviction.
A significant right wing politician, Klaus Iohannis, threatened government to sue the decree on the constitutional court, the last legal resort to stop the emergency decrees passing into law. He added that he was “impressed” by the protests and asserted that Romanians had showed “clearly what they want: the rule of law”.
The European commission vice-president, Frans Timmermans, urged the government to ‘’reconsider” the decree and said that Romania’s EU funding could be at risk.
It has been stated in a different document that the US, Germany, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands and France said the government had undermined “progress on rule of law and the fight against corruption over the past 10 years”.
The protests on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday drew 40,000 people, including 20,000 in the capital, and another a week earlier involving more than 15,000. It was the most crowded protest since Nicolay, died. More protests are expected.