Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Romania protests: PM Emil Boc calls for dialogue 2012

Romania protests: PM Emil Boc calls for dialogue 2012 Video Clips. Duration : 3.87 Mins.

Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc has called for dialogue and an end to violence after four days of protests against austerity cuts. Dozens of people were hurt on Sunday, as demonstrators and riot police clashed for a second day running in the capital Bucharest. The rallies began in support of an official who quit in protest against health care reforms. But they have grown into a broader hostility towards government policies. The alliance of opposition parties has called for early elections. Unlikely catalyst More than 1000 demonstrators rallied in University Square in the centre of Bucharest on Sunday, the scene of violence the night before. Demonstrators threw stones at riot police, who again responded by firing tear gas. A number of people were arrested, with officials saying that most of the trouble makers were young football fans. Peaceful protests were reported in a number of towns and cities across the country on Sunday, including Cluj, Timisoara, Brasov and Arad, as demonstrators called for the resignation of the government and of President Traian Basescu. Dozens of demonstrators were also said to have gathered in the centre of the capital on Monday. Raed Arafat. Photo: 2011 Raed Arafat resigned as deputy health minister last Tuesday The government called an emergency meeting after Sunday night's clashes. Speaking on Monday, Prime Minister Emil Boc expressed sympathy with those struggling under austerity measures. "The crisis has been harsher than we imagined," he ...

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