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Thousands protest Romanian austerity measures

By the CNN Wire Staff
Protesters burned dummies representing the Romanian president and ministers in Bucharest on June 15, 2010.
Protesters burned dummies representing the Romanian president and ministers in Bucharest on June 15, 2010.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • About 5,000 protesters burned effigies outside parliament in Bucharest
  • Protesters demonstrating against planned government budget cuts
  • 1,000 Romanian policemen tried to stop the crowds entering the building
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  • Romania
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(CNN) -- Thousands of people were protesting Tuesday outside the Romanian Parliament against an unpopular austerity plan presented by the government, the Romanian Interior Ministry said.

Organizers and local police said there were about 5,000 people in front of Parliament. Romanian national police told CNN the crowd burned effigies of government ministers and that a crew of firemen had to put out the fire.

Some 1,000 Romanian policemen were trying to keep the protesters from entering the building, the ministry said.

The center-right Romanian government survived a confidence vote Tuesday in relation to the austerity measures by 8 votes, the Agerpress national news agency reported.

CNN's Laura Perez-Maestro in London, England, contributed to this report.