“A little over 100 people are still in hospital and more than 40 of them are in serious or critical condition, Romania's interim prime minister,” Sorin Cimpeanu said. The fire broke out late on October 30 at a rock concert in the Colectiv nightclub in the capital Bucharest. Fireworks set insulation foam ablaze, triggering a stampede towards the single exit and trapping many of the roughly 400 people inside.
Tens of thousands of people subsequently took to the streets across Romania, angry at a public administration widely seen as corrupt, and the protests continued even after the cabinet resigned. Yesterday several thousand protesters, though less numerous than on previous days, rallied for a fifth consecutive day to chant 'corruption kills' and 'we won't go home, the dead won't let us'.

Yesterday, anti-corruption prosecutors said they had taken Cristian Popescu Piedone, mayor of the Bucharest district where Colectiv is located, into custody. He had resigned in the wake of the protests.
"Given that several events took place in broadly unsafe public conditions, the lives, health and physical integrity of the audience and staff were permanently put in danger," prosecutors said in a statement.

The fire has prompted an outpouring of community support, with people donating blood and money and volunteers taking food and drinks to hospitals for medical staff and victims' families.

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