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Romanian police clash with anti-government protesters

Police have clashed with tens of thousands of anti-government protesters across Romania. Between 30,000 and 50,000 people, including many returning expats, turned out nationwide, media reports say. Some protesters in the capital Bucharest threw bottles and paving slabs, while police used tear gas, pepper spray and even a water cannon. Around 100 protesters needed medical attention and 10 police were injured, emergency services said. A group of protesters tried to break into the government building in Bucharest, but were held back by the police security cordon. Others waved EU and Romanian flags, banged drums and chanted slogans. The protesters demand the resignation of the government, objecting to the perceived efforts to weaken the judiciary by the governing Social Democrats (PSD), as well as low wages and entrenched corruption in the country.

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