Thousands of Czechs Protest Reforms, Cuts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PRAGUE (AP) -- The demonstrators from all over the country are urging the government to abandon the cuts and resign.

They also are demanding early parliamentary elections.

The center-right government says the budget cuts and reforms of pension and health care plans are needed to bring the budget deficit back below 3 percent of GDP and maintain market reliability.

Saturday's protest is organized by major labor unions and non-governmental groups.

Recently, several members of a junior coalition partner in the government have quit their party because of a bribery scandal.

Elections are planned for 2014.

AP-WF-04-21-12 1100GMT

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