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Anti-government protesters shout slogans in the Romania capital Bucharest on January 19, 2012.

Romanian police have fired teargas canisters at demonstrators protesting against the government’s austerity measures in the Romanian capital Bucharest.

On Thursday, the police arrested about 50 people, who allegedly threw bricks and bottles and other materials at them.

Earlier on the day, thousands of protesters, including teenage students who abandoned their classes, held a demonstration demanding the resignation of the government for imposing harsh austerity measures.

Police said about 7,000 protesters attended the rally from all over Romania; however, organizers claimed the crowd was far larger.

It was one of the biggest anti-government demonstrations held recently in Bucharest.

Demonstrators stopped traffic at the University Square and chanted slogans against President Traian Basescu.

In 2009, Romania received a two-year €20 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the World Bank as its economy shrank by 7.1 percent.

The government imposed tough austerity measures under the agreement, reducing public wages by 25 percent and raising taxes.

Anger against the government has mounted over the wage cuts, slashed benefits, higher taxes and widespread corruption.

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  1. geo says:

    20 000 people attended the rally yesterday but again the gendarmerie organized a staged a false attack on them and therefore had a reason to brutally intervene in the otherwise peaceful anti govt rally. They beat people up, emptied gas canisters on peaceful demonstrators and abused many people. THAT’S WHY ANY COUNTRY’S PEOPLE NEED TO BE ARMED, AS IN THE USA’S 2ND AMENDMENT . PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS BRUTAL GOVT. IT WILL GO DOWN, NO MATTER WHAT!

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