Romania's expats return home for anti-government protest in Bucharest - "The demonstrators, who called for the resignation of the Social Democrat Party-led government, were generally peaceful but some tried to break through a security line and tear gas was sacked".
Protesters carrying Romanian, European Union and other flags rallied Saturday outside government offices in Bucharest, the capital, the same place where the protest Friday had degenerated into violence.
"We want to return to Romania, but there's too much corruption and the health care is dismal", she told The Associated Press.
It turned violent late Friday after riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to quell protesters.
President Klaus Iohannis, an opponent of the Socialist Democrat-led government and a vocal critic of its corruption policy, criticised the police reaction as "brutal".
"The Interior Ministry must explain urgently the way it handled tonight's events".
Police came in for criticism after they used water cannon and tear gas on Friday to disperse protesters as tens of thousands rallied to call on the left-wing government to resign. Smaller protests were also held in other cities across the country.
About 1,000 officers in riot gear intervened to clear the crowds assembled in a central square outside the main government building after some protesters tried to break through the police cordon. No official figures were available.
Thousands of people demonstrated also in Cluj Napoca, Sibiu and Timisoara in Transylvania, in the eastern city of Iasi or Black Sea port of Constanta.
In Bucharest, some protesters attempted to force their way through security lines guarding the government building.
This time, the protest was peaceful, with no violent clashes.
More than 400 people required medical assistance, the emergency intervention agency ISU said, including two riot police who got separated from their unit.
There were also several arrests outside the seat of government in the capital. (Mihuț Savu/The Epoch Times Romania) Diaspora rally in Victoria Square in Bucharest on August 10, 2018. "Unfortunately, it is still not possible, the ... people who govern us are not qualified and they are corrupt", he said, adding he hoped the next parliamentary election would see a bigger turnout. A campaign calling for the protest was launched on Facebook.
This year it pushed changes to the criminal code through parliament that have raised concerns from the European commission and USA state department.
Iohannis has been at loggerheads with the PSD, accusing it of attempting to weaken the fight against corruption, putting pressure on the judicial system, and of implementing bad fiscal policies. The changes are pending Constitutional Court challenges.
The push to oust her was criticized by the European Commission and the Council of Europe.