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Over 450 people hurt in Romanian clashes

Over 450 people hurt in Romanian clashes

But President Klaus Iohannis, a critic of the left-wing government, condemned "the brutal intervention of the riot police".

Three journalists said they were also subjected to police violence. More than 450 people were injured.

Some 10,000 others gathered in lasi, approximately 8000 people in Timisoara and 5000 more in Sibiu, the agency reported. 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.

Anti-government protesters rally at Victoriei Square in front of government headquarters in Bucharest, Romania, on Sunday.

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.

Police spokesman Georgian Enache defended the action of the officers, saying "the legitimate state violence" was justified as protesters had repeatedly been warned to leave Victory Square in Bucharest.

Just to the protest in Bucharest was out of about 200 thousand people.

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Romania is one the poorest members of the European Union, with an average monthly wage of about 520 euros ($590). Kovesi had support from the president, but the justice minister accused her of overstepping and it was ultimately Iohannis who was forced to fire her after a court ruling.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

This summer, the PSD also moved forward with a judicial overhaul that some observers see as a threat to the rule of law in Romania.

Earlier this year, ruling party legislators pushed changes to the criminal code through parliament, drawing concern from the European Commission and U.S. State Department.

After winning power in 2016, the PSD attempted to decriminalize several corruption offenses through an emergency decree, leading to thousands of Romanians taking to the streets in protest and forcing the party to back down. It was believed to be the largest demonstration in decades.

In a Facebook post, Iohannis, who has frequently clashed with the government, also called on the interior ministry to explain why the event had been so mismanaged.

The protests were organized and promoted by groups of Romanians working overseas, 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.


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