Monday, June 28, 2010

Hundreds of Romanians try to storm palace


BUCHAREST, Romania — Dozens of Romanians have tried to storm the presidential palace to protest austerity measures.

Anti-riot police repelled those who tried to force their way past barricades into the 17th century palace.

Some 600 Romanians staged the protest Friday as the country's top court was expected to rule whether the cuts in public wages and pensions are constitutional.

Protesters are demanding that the president does not approve the sweeping cuts in public wages and pensions.

Prime Minister Emil Boc announced 25 percent cuts in public sector wages and a 15 percent drop in pensions. Boc said the cuts must be made to meet the demands of the International Monetary Fund and to keep the budget deficit at 6.8 percent.

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