Romanian president meets with protesters in Bucharest

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis meets with angry protesters in Bucharest as death toll from nightclub fire reaches 45

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis (C) waves as he celebrates his victory in the election run-off, with protesters in central Bucharest November 16, 2014.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis met with protesters at a rally in the capital's downtown on Sunday, as the anger over the nightclub fire has remained fresh across the country.  

Colectiv club in Bucharest burned down on 30 October, after fireworks were released at a concert, killing more than 45 people, as more than 100 people, including 44 who are in critical condition have remained under treatment at hospitals.

After the incident, preliminary investigations showed  that safety rules were ignored at the club, including a lack of emergency exits and the fact that flammable materials were used for sound insulation.  

Hundreds of Romanians who are fed up with the increasing corruption in the country blamed the violation of the safety rules at the nightclub on the current government.

The fire prompted mass protests, which have been continuing for six days in the country’s capital, protestors are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta's government.

As Iohannis mingled in the crowd at the capital's University Square, protesters were shouting for "profound changes" in the country.

"It is only together that we can make this change, neither you alone, nor I alone can do it," Iohannis called out to the crowd.

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