Tens of thousands of Romanians lofted red, blue and yellow strips of paper in the capital Bucharest on Sunday to form a giant national flag, part of the 13th day of protests against a government which had tried to decriminalize some forms of corruption.
More than 10,000 people were protesting in Romania late Friday, for the 11th straight day, demanding the resignation of the Social Democratic government for trying to curb the fight against corruption.
Romanian Justice Minister Florin Iordache stepped down Thursday over a decree on corruption which the government passed last week, but had to revoke after five days under pressure from massive protests.
Romania's Social Democratic government on Wednesday comfortably survived a no-confidence motion in parliament and appeared set to weather a massive crisis it triggered in its first month by attempting to relax rules against corruption.
Romania's one-month-old government on Sunday scrapped a controversial decree on corruption, buckling under the pressure from demonstrations, only to find itself facing the largest protest so far, this time calling for resignations.
The leader of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, indicated Saturday that he may be willing to withdraw a controversial decree that gives more leeway to corrupt officials, as he bids to end massive protests.
Romania should not backtrack on its efforts to fight corruption, the European Commission said Wednesday, warning that the country's newly approved decree decriminalizing certain abuse of power offences was of "great concern."
Romania's ombudsman Victor Ciorbea on Thursday challenged a law banning convicts from serving in top government posts, possibly paving the way for the leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, to become prime minister.
Romania has tried and convicted scores of politicians on corruption charges in recent months. In parliamentary elections on Sunday, voters are expected to send a signal to the government on whether the crackdown was hard enough.