With the tenth anniversary of Romania's EU membership in sight, hundreds of thousands took to the streets against a proposal by the new coalition government to grant pardons for non-violent crimes – something that benefits a number of top officials.
Thousands of people have marched across Romania to protest against plans to reduce the powers of the anti-corruption body. It is the second time this year that attempts to reform graft laws have provoked protests.
Rallies in Bucharest and other cities have taken aim at a law that will weaken efforts to root out corruption. The government says a new law will prevent the judiciary from pursuing a politically motivated agenda.
The government in Bucharest wants to change the country's justice system and is also planning tax reforms. Civil society, opposition parties, unions and employers' associations are up in arms.
Some 10,000 people have staged a "March of Shame" prompted by police probes against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into allegations of graft. His Likud party has said leftists preferred to "create division."
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