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Romania: Hundreds injured in anti-govt. protest in Bucharest01:43

Romania: Hundreds injured in anti-govt. protest in Bucharest

Romania, Bucharest
August 11, 2018 at 02:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of protesters were injured in clashes with riot police in Bucharest on Friday, during a large-scale protest against the ruling Social Democrat (PSD) government, reportedly organised by homecoming members of the Romanian diaspora.

According to health officials, at least 400 people required medical attention, as an estimated 60,000 protesters took to the streets of the Romanian capital to denounce 'corruption, low wages and a corrupt judiciary.'

Riot police deployed tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades and batons to clear the city's Victory Square from protesters.

Anti-government protests were held in other cities across the country, though reportedly peaceful.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis later condemned police action in a Facebook statement, saying: "I condemn the brutal intervention of the Gendarmerie Force, strongly disproportionate in comparison to the behaviour of the majority of protesters from Victoriei Square."

Romania: Hundreds injured in anti-govt. protest in Bucharest01:43
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Hundreds of protesters were injured in clashes with riot police in Bucharest on Friday, during a large-scale protest against the ruling Social Democrat (PSD) government, reportedly organised by homecoming members of the Romanian diaspora.

According to health officials, at least 400 people required medical attention, as an estimated 60,000 protesters took to the streets of the Romanian capital to denounce 'corruption, low wages and a corrupt judiciary.'

Riot police deployed tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades and batons to clear the city's Victory Square from protesters.

Anti-government protests were held in other cities across the country, though reportedly peaceful.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis later condemned police action in a Facebook statement, saying: "I condemn the brutal intervention of the Gendarmerie Force, strongly disproportionate in comparison to the behaviour of the majority of protesters from Victoriei Square."