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Protests continue in Romania

2012-01-15 21:32

Bucharest - Protests have continued in Romanian cities reflecting widespread anger against austerity measures and an unpopular government.

The protests, in their fourth day, are the most serious since President Traian Basescu came to power in 2004. They are the result of frustration against public wage cuts, slashed benefits, higher taxes, cronyism in state institutions and widespread corruption.

More than 100 people noisily protested in Bucharest's University Square Sunday, a day after demonstrators clashed with police there. Others rallied in the cities of Iasi, Cluj, Deva and Galati.

Protests began on Thursday in support of a health official who resigned because he opposed government health care reforms. Basescu withdrew the health care bill on Friday, but protests continued.