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Police use water cannon in Romania protests

Monday, January 16, 2012 - 00:57

Jan. 16 - Romanian police use water cannons on protesters as they started to loot and damage property during demonstrations in the capital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Romanian police used water cannons on protesters in central Bucharest in a fourth day of street demonstrations against government austerity measures on Sunday (January 15). Firefighters also surveyed the damage caused to kiosks, shops and bus shelters, which had been looted, destroyed and even set alight. The protests began across the country on Thursday in support of a deputy health minister, who resigned after criticising a controversial draft healthcare reform bill that would have added private firms to the state health sector. The cabinet withdrew the bill on Friday, but that did little to assuage the demonstrators, who returned to the streets to express general discontent with spending cuts and falling living standards. The Bucharest protests on Sunday were the most violent seen since the start of the financial crisis. Although the government cut state jobs and wages, and raised the value added tax in 2010, Romania has largely avoided the kind of violent anti-austerity protests seen elsewhere in Europe.

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Police use water cannon in Romania protests

Monday, January 16, 2012 - 00:57