Sunday, January 15, 2012

Romanian protests turn violent

Thousands of Romanians demonstrated today in the largest cities of the country. The biggest protest was organized in Romania's capital of Bucharest, where the civilians clashed with the police officers.

Several people were injured as a result of the violent turnoff. The protests in Bucharest began at mid-day and continued until late in the evening. The civilians set on fire some of the main streets of Bucharest, destroyed the fences, flung stones and bricks and clashed with the police officers. One of the protesters was burning.

The people demand the resignation of president Traian Basescu who has previously approved a new health care regulation. He has given up lately his decision but the demonstrations didn’t end. The people will continue their rally tomorrow.
In Iasi, the second largest city of Romania, hundreds of people rallied in front of the prefecture. Here the demonstrations were peaceful and carefully monitored by the police officers. The people chanted messages such as “Down with the government!” “Traian Basescu – resign!” and others. Some of the protesters are members of political parties which are in opposition.

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