Over 450 people hurt in Romania protest clashes

Romania: Violent protest leaves 440 needing medical treatment

Sebastian Kurz, chancellor of Austria, which holds the European Union rotating presidency said: "We strongly condemn the violent clashes in Bucharest where numerous demonstrators and journalists were injured".

The New York Times: Violence Erupts as Tens of Thousands Protest Corruption in Romania - "An estimated 3 to 5 million Romanians are working and living overseas, the World Bank has said, up to a quarter of the European Union state's population, ranging from day laborers to doctors". Some sustained head injuries, while others were overcome by the tear gas, the service said.

Press outlets around the world covered the protest that took place in Bucharest, Romania on August 10, dubbed the "Diaspora's protest" as Romanians who live overseas travelled back to the country to protest the Dancila government and demand snap elections to take down the PSD-ALDE coalition, which has a strong majority in the Parliament.

A group of protesters tried to break into the government building in Bucharest, but were held back by the police security cordon.

"My children work in Spain and they would like to come back".

Thousands protested in other Romanian cities.

Police rejected criticism from the center-right opposition that its officers had used excessive force, saying its response to violence by dozens of protesters had been "gradual and proportionate".

Sebastian Kurz, Austria's chancellor, whose country now holds the European Union rotating presidency, criticised the violence, in which a cameraman for Austria's public broadcaster was also hurt.

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On Twitter, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz condemned "the violent clashes in Bucharest where numerous demonstrators and journalists were injured".

At least 3 million Romanians live and work overseas, but local media reported that a number of them returned home to take part in this weekend's demonstrations, which also took place in other parts of the country. "We expect full explanations", he said on Twitter.

Militaru said officers were ordered by Bucharest officials to evacuate Victory Square late Friday after an hours-long protest in front of government offices that drew tens of thousands demanding the government's resignation. He added: "But things quickly turned bad: they fired tear gas at us, it was unbearable".

Protesters scuffle with police during Friday's demonstration in Bucharest.

Romania, a country of 20 million, remains among the poorest and most corrupt members of the EU.

After Friday's violent clashes in which 450 people were injured, singer and actor Tudor Chirila said the right to demonstrate had to be defended.

Viorica Dancila, the pprime minister, in turn accused Iohannis of "inciting the population against the authorities".

In a controversial move last month, Romania sacked top anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi - considered a symbol of the country's fight against corruption.

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