These pictures were taken in Bucharest's Piața Victoriei on 10 December 2017.
Almost daily, for an entire year, regular protests took place across Romania against the government and its proposed relaxation of corruption laws. In Bucharest alone, hundreds of thousands took to the streets throughout 2017 in the biggest public demonstration since the fall of Communism in 1989.
While the government made significant concessions since the protests began, the enduring draft legislation would still have reduced the seriousness of corruption offences and dilute the independence of the judiciary. The EU and the US expressed major concerns.
Before the dissidence, recent anti-corruption efforts in Romania had been seen as successful. Ministers, MPs and even a sitting Prime Minister were charged with offences.
The Toți pentru Justiție (All for Justice) campaign, among others, called for the Romanian senate to reject the proposed changes, and for the government to stand down. The justice minister resigned in 2017, but that did little to quell the feelings of the protesters.
Notably, the protests took place while the Romanian economy was the fastest growing in the EU and unemployment was at record lows, but with poverty remaining at high levels.