Organizers say a major protest rally is scheduled for the Romanian capital of Bucharest on February 12, as demonstrations against the government continued despite subzero temperatures.

 

An estimated 11,000 people hit the streets across Romania on February 11, down from some 500,000 reported at the peak of the protests against an emergency government decree that critics say would have weakened the country’s anticorruption fight.

 

The huge rallies, the largest since the fall of Communism in 1989, forced the government to revoke the decree on February 5, and led to the justice minister’s resignation.

 

The protesters remained on the streets, however, with many calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his Social Democrat-led government, which took power only in December.