Romania’s PM Victor Ponta has resigned a day after over 20,000 people took to the streets of Bucharest to protest against Colectiv nightclub fire that left 32 people dead.
Last week’s fire in Bucharest started when a heavy metal band performing at the club set off fireworks.
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Protesters called for Victor Ponta to step down, complaining of government corruption and poor safety supervision.
Victor Ponta said on November 4:
“I am handing in my mandate, I’m resigning, and implicitly my government too. “I hope the government’s resignation will satisfy the people who came out in the streets.” VIDEO Safety regulations seem to have been ignored by the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, where a fire killed 27 people last night, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has said.
Survivors say the fire started after Goodbye to Gravity heavy metal band set off fireworks, causing the ceiling and a pillar to catch alight and producing heavy smoke.
A stampede for the exit followed. At least 184 people are being treated in Bucharest hospitals, some with severe burns.
Romanian government has declared three days of national mourning.
“I am saddened, but also revolted that a tragedy of this scale could have taken place in Bucharest,” President Klaus Iohannis said.
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“We already have indications that the legal regulations had not been respected,” he said. “I hope that the authorities manage their inquiry with speed and rigor.”
The fire broke out at about 22:30 at the Colectiv club, which was hosting a free rock concert by the band Goodbye to Gravity. Up to 400 people are thought to have been inside.
Some people initially thought the fire was part of the show, survivors said.
The Colectiv club was in a converted former factory with two small exit doors, only one of which was possible to open initially.
More than 180 people suffered injuries, including from burns and smoke inhalation. Officials have warned that the death toll may rise.
Hundreds of people who responded to appeals for blood donations queued outside hospitals and blood banks on October 31.
PM Victor Ponta cut short a visit to Mexico to return to Bucharest.
VIDEO At least 27 people have been killed and more than 155 injured in an explosion and fire at a nightclub in Bucharest, Romanian government and health officials say.
The blast happened on Friday night at a heavy metal concert inside the Colectiv nightclub, and a large fire broke out.
The death toll was confirmed by Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea and Health Secretary Raed Arafat.
Raed Arafat said 155 people were injured and were now being treated in Bucharest hospitals.
According to local media, fireworks may have been let off inside the club.
More than 500 people may have been inside the club, which was hosting a heavy metal concert.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis wrote on his Facebook page that he was “deeply grieved by the tragic events that happened this evening in downtown.”
“It is a very sad day for all of us, for our nation and for me personally.” VIDEO