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Monday, 23 December 2013

Romania: Diesel fumes exhaust 'Occupy Romania' activists

Members of the group 'Occupy Romania' held a demonstration in Bucharest's University Square Saturday, clashing with law enforcement in a tense demonstration that saw police in riot gear use diesel smoke from the exhausts of their vehicles on demonstrators.

Protesters compiled a list of ten key aims, including the resignation of President Traian Basescu, repealing changes in the penal code, prohibiting hydraulic fracturing, and cancelling all licences linked to shale hydrocarbons, they hope to achieve.

Romania has witnessed numerous protests in the past year, including over the Rosia Montana mining project. Protests have been organised every evening in University Square over the project which, if approved, would become Europe's largest open-pit gold mine. Demonstrations have also occurred over fracking by multinational energy company Chevron in the Pungesti area.

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