For almost a week Romania is again looking like the Romania of the early 90s: barricades, street clashes, tear gas, injured people. The protests are against the austerity policies of the government and most of all, against the health-care "reform".
Demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the police, the police responded with tear gas. In Bucharest and some other towns like Timisoara the protesters expressed their indignation from the slashing of salaries and social benefits, the tax hike and the omnipresent corruption and nepotism in the system.
Meanwhile the protests in Bucharest reached their culmination during the weekend. The police arrested dozens of protesters. There were injured on both sides. The prime-minister Emil Boc said "Throwing stones is no solution to the problems. What we need is a dialogue".
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