>> This is the largest protest since the fall of Communism in Romania. Despite the Prime Minister's apparent U-turn, the crowd here and many other protestors are asking for him and the government to resign.>>
That's what we want, that's why we're all standing here. Cuz we want a resignation.>> The decree would have exempted abuse of power offenses from prosecution for sums below 38,000 euros. The leader of the governing Social Democrat Party, Liviu Dragnea, was convicted of electoral fraud in 2015. If the law had been passed, he would have avoided his current ban from holding political office.
The government insists the decree was a bid to relieve pressure on the country's prison system. But there are concerns about plans to redraft it and send it for debate in parliament, where it could be forced through. The opposition has filed a no-confidence vote in Romania's government. A government that's barely one month into its four-year term in power.