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Romanians protest over wage, pension cuts

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- Hundreds of people were protesting Friday in the Romanian capital over cuts to public wages and pensions, the spokesman for the country's president said.

Unions said there were 600 people outside the presidential palace, but the spokesman said there were about 400.

Anti-riot police had to stop about 25 or 30 people who went past the barricades, spokesman Valaureu Turan told CNN.

Prime Minister Emil Boc recently announced a 25 percent cut in public sector wages and a 15 percent cut in pensions. The Constitutional Court of Romania ruled Friday that part of the laws are not constitutional, so the government will have to decide on the next step, Turan said.

CNN's Laura Perez Maestro contributed to this report.