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00:00:02
>> Hundreds of thousands of Romanians making their voices heard again on Sunday night, despite their government's backdown on a decree that would have decriminalized some graff defenses. The order would have relaxed anti-corruption rules and shielded dozens of politicians from prosecution, including the head of the ruling Social Democrat's Party, but the embarrassing U-turn for the country's new prime minister not enough.
00:00:29
Waving Romanian flags and hoisting cardboard cutouts of politicians in prison uniforms into the air, these anti-corruption demonstrators want the government gone. The last week, gripping the country in its biggest mass protests since 1989's Bloody Revolution. The government had said the decree would relieve pressure on the prison system, but critics saw it as the biggest retreats on reforms since Romania joined the EU in 2007.
00:00:59
Germany and the United States are among nine Western powers expressing concern. In neighbouring Bulgaria, hundreds of people gathered outside the Romanian embassy to voice support for the protest, many hoping it will trigger their society to be more active and demanding of politicians. Back in Bucharest the protesters want heads to roll, and they may get their wish.
00:01:23
Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu deciding whether the Justice Minister keeps his job, romanians vowing to keep the pressure on.>>
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