Tens of thousands of angry Romanians have taken a protest against cutbacks to their government’s front door. They massed in central Bucharest in a demonstration that brought together civil servants, teachers, police officers and other public sector workers.
Severe austerity measures called for by the Interntional Monetary Fund have already split the government. One protester said: “We have had no offer of talks about our problems. There are no solutions to our problems.” The rally is the latest in a series of protests in the country. As the outcry continued, the now minority cabinet was braced for a no-confidence vote in parliament. Economists have warned that if the paralysed government is unable to push through the painful reforms demanded by the IMF, it could endanger a 20 billion euro economic aid package that the country has asked for.