Romanians hold mass protests despite PM's resignation



    Romanians hold mass protests despite PM's resignation

    Nov 5, Bucharest : Thousands of Romanians have taken to the streets of the capital Bucharest for a second night after Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned over a deadly nightclub fire.

    Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned on Wednesday after mass protests triggered by a night club fire that killed 32 people.

    More than 30,000 protestors demonstrated in Bucharest and other major cities to demand early election and further political reform. Rallies were also reported in other cities across the country.

    On Wednesday, some 20,000 demonstrators spontaneously took to the streets of the capital, angry over the deaths of 32 people in Friday's fire.

    Protesters said that the government's resignation should be just the beginning of reforming a political class and public administration widely seen as corrupt.

    Ponta, who is currently facing trial on corruption charges, said in a televised address that he hoped his government's resignation would "satisfy the people who came out in the streets,” BBC news reported.

    The protesters chanted "Ponta resign" and "Killers", and some waved the national flag with holes in it - a symbol of the popular revolution 25 years ago that toppled the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

    The Oslo Times