PM warns violence could destabilize Romania

January 17, 2012 • Business

Protesters evacuate an injured person during clashes with Romanian riot police in University Square, the scene of the first anti-communist protest in 1989, in Bucharest, Romania, early Sunday morning, Jan. 15, 2012. Romanian police fired tear gas during an anti-government protest Saturday, the third consecutive day of demonstrations against austerity cuts and falling living standards. More than 1,000 protesters rallied in Bucharest’s main University Square, blocking traffic. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — More than 1,000 demonstrators jeered government austerity measures in downtown Bucharest on Monday as Romania’s prime minister warned that violent clashes like those that left 59 injured over the weekend could jeopardize stability and economic growth.

Protesters who gathered in freezing temperatures for a fifth day of demonstrations chanted “Freedom!” and held banners saying “Hunger and poverty have gripped Romania!” They waved flags with the center ripped out, a symbol of the 1989 uprising against former Communist dictator Nicolae Login to read more

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