Daniel Brett

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Riot police use a water cannon to clear the square during protests in August outside the government headquarters in Bucharest, Romania. (AP)

Just a week ago, more than 150,000 people in Bucharest and other cities in Romania filled the streets to protest attempts by the government to weaken anti-corruption measures. Police beatings — of protesters, Israeli tourists and an Austrian television crew — left several hundred injured and provoked an international response.

Romania’s Social Democratic Party (PSD)-led government sought to blame protesters for the unrest, while President Klaus Iohannis of the National Liberal Party (PNL) condemned the violence.

The protests were led by members of the large Romanian diaspora — those who left after the fall of the communist regime in 1989 in search of work and a better life.…  Seguir leyendo »