The expatriates, some of whom drove across Europe to attend the demonstration, are angry about how Romania is governed. Some of the estimated 3 million Romanians living abroad say they left because of corruption, low wages and lack of opportunities.
Protesters waved Romanian and European Union flags, yelling “Justice, not corruption!” outside government offices in the capital. Numbers of protesters are expected to swell Friday evening.
Since the Social Democrats won power in 2016, Romanians have regularly protested government moves to put in new laws that critics say weaken the nation’s fight against corruption.