Hundreds Hurt As Romanian Police Scuffle With Anticorruption Protesters

Romanian authorities say 440 people including two dozen riot police have received medical treatment after an antigovernment protest turned violent, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

The Bucharest-Ilfov Emergency Service said on August 11 that of those, 65 people including nine riot police were taken to the hospital.

The antigovernment protest in Bucharest on August 10 drew tens of thousands Romanians from abroad and local residents who demanded the government resign over moves to change laws that critics say would make it harder to prosecute corruption.

It turned violent after riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters. Some demonstrators lobbed rocks, bottles, and smoke bombs at riot police.

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

“I firmly condemn riot police’s brutal intervention, strongly disproportionate to the actions of the majority of people in the square,” he said on his Facebook page.

“The Interior Ministry must explain urgently the way it handled tonight’s events”, sais Iohannis.

 

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