Hundreds injured as Romanian protests turn violent

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Published on August 11, 2018 - Duration: 00:59s

Hundreds injured as Romanian protests turn violent

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied against the ruling Social Democrat (PSD) government on Friday in cities across Romania and the capital Bucharest where riot police fired tear gas into the crowd and hundreds needed medical attention.

David Doyle reports

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Hundreds injured as Romanian protests turn violent

Anti-government protests in Romania turned violent on Friday (August 10) leaving more than 400 people in need of medical attention.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators were rallying against the ruling Social Democrat - or PSD - government in the capital Bucharest - and other cities across the country.

The protests were organized by groups of Romanians working abroad.

They're angry at what they say is entrenched corruption, low wages and attempts by the PSD to weaken the judiciary in one of the European Union's most corrupt states.

As the protests heated up, some threw bottles and paving slabs at riot police.

In return, the law enforcers scuffled with some, fired tear gas and used a water cannon.

In Bucharest, a number of protesters attempted to force their way through security lines guarding the government building.

The police defended their actions, saying groups of "provocateurs" were those at fault.

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