Romanian Prime Minister Resigns After People Take to the Streets
Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has resigned after around 20,000 people took to the streets to protest the corruption of Ponta and other government officials. The protests came after a nightclub fire killed over 30 people and injured at least 180 others Friday night in Bucharest, Romania.
The fire is believed to have been started by a fireworks display that went off inside of Colectiv nightclub during a performance by metal band Goodbye to Gravity. Witnesses say the fireworks may have ignited some stage decorations and started the fire.
There were over 400 young people inside who fled to the only exit in the building, causing a stampede. Many people were trampled by the crowd and others were burned by the fire. Over 30 people have been pronounced dead and at least 180 others injured.
The people of Romania are calling this the worst disaster to happen in their country for decades. They blame the authorities and government officials for the fire because of corruption when granting permits and doing safety inspections. Prime Minister Victor Ponta was already facing charges of corruption prior to the fire.
Police have arrested three nightclub owners for suspicion of manslaughter. There is an investigation underway to figure out the exact causes of the fire.
Romanians are mourning the loss of so many young people to this tragic fire, but at the same time celebrating the resignation of the Prime Minister who they say is corrupt.