BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanians have protested in cities
around the country for a third day against the government, whom
they blame for austerity cuts and falling living standards.
More than 1,000 protesters rallied in Bucharest's main
University Square on Saturday, blocking traffic. After seven hours,
they refused to leave, and scuffled several times with riot police.
Protests began after a popular health official resigned Tuesday
because he opposed government proposed health reforms. On Friday, President Traian Basescu told the government to scrap the reforms.
Protests initially staged in support of the official have turned
into anti-government rallies.
In 2010, the government cut salaries in the public sector by 25 percent and raised other taxes.