Colombo (News 1st) – Tens of thousands of protesters rallied against the ruling Social Democrat (PSD) government on Friday (August 10) in cities across Romania and the capital Bucharest, where riot police scuffled with some and fired tear gas.
The protests were organized and promoted by Romanians working abroad, 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.
In Bucharest, some protesters attempted to force their way through security lines guarding the government building. Others threw bottles and paving slabs at riot police, who sprayed tear gas and occasionally used a water cannon.
Police said groups of “provocateurs” were present in the square. More than 100 people needed medical attention.