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>> Anti-government protests in Romania turned violent on Friday, leaving more than 400 people in need of medical attention. Tens of thousands of demonstrators were rallying against the ruling social democrat, or PSD, government in the capital Bucharest and other cities across the country. The protests were organized by groups of Romanians working abroad.
They're 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. As the protest heated up, some threw bottles and paving slabs at riot police. In return the law enforcers scuffled with some, fired tear gas, and used water cannon.
In Bucharest a number of protesters attempted to force their way through security lines guarding the government building. The police defended their actions saying groups of provocateurs were those at fault.