Romanians are demanding more democracy at an anti-government march to commemorate the victims of the country’s 1989 anti-communist revolt.

Protesters gathered Saturday outside government offices in Bucharest carrying candles and Romanian flags before marching to Revolution Square, where late Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu fled in a helicopter as crowds demanded his ouster.

The demonstrators chanted “We don’t want to be governed by thieves!” demanding that Romania’s Social Democratic government scrap a plan to grant amnesty to those convicted of corruption.

Oana Solomon told The Associated Press: “People died in 1989 because they wanted Romania to be free … we don’t want to go back to those days.”

Some 1,104 people died during the 1989 uprising that toppled Ceausescu. He was executed with his wife Elena after a summary trial on Christmas Day.

A woman cries during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. More than 1,000 Romanians have demanded more democracy during an anti-government march to commemorate the victims of 1989 anti-communist revolt. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman cries during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. More than 1,000 Romanians have demanded more democracy during an anti-government march to commemorate the victims of 1989 anti-communist revolt. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman lights candles at a memorial for the 1989 uprising victims during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman lights candles at a memorial for the 1989 uprising victims during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
People hold a banner carrying anti-communist slogans of the 1989 uprising during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
People hold a banner carrying anti-communist slogans of the 1989 uprising during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman waves a Romanian flag during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. More than 1,000 Romanians have demanded more democracy during an anti-government march to commemorate the victims of 1989 anti-communist revolt. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman waves a Romanian flag during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. More than 1,000 Romanians have demanded more democracy during an anti-government march to commemorate the victims of 1989 anti-communist revolt. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A child plays with snow, backdropped by adults wrapped in European Union and Romanian flags during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A child plays with snow, backdropped by adults wrapped in European Union and Romanian flags during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Source: The Associated Press

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