Diesel fumes used against ‘Occupy Romania’ activists

Diesel fumes used against ‘Occupy Romania’ activists

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Members of the group ‘Occupy Romania’ held a demonstration in Bucharest’s University Square on Saturday, clashing with riot police who used diesel smoke from the exhausts of their vehicles against the demonstrators. Protesters compiled a list of ten key aims they hope to achieve, including the resignation of President Traian Basescu, repealing changes in the penal code, prohibiting hydraulic fracturing, and cancelling all licences linked to shale hydrocarbons.

Portugal: Anti-austerity protesters occupy government ministries

It was the final straw for some in Portugal.

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It was the final straw for some in Portugal.

As parliament passed the 2014 budget on Tuesday, paving the way for more cuts, austerity-weary trade unionists occupied four government ministries for several hours in protest.

Public sector workers are set to face salary cuts of up to 12 percent as well as reductions to their pensions.

“I am nearing retirement and, after 40 years of working, I don’t think I will have enough of a pension to live on. It’s really borderline,” said one elderly woman.

Some marched to parliament, denouncing what will be a third straight year of austerity. The government says cuts are “inevitable” as it struggles to reduce the deficit but many on the sharp end are not convinced.

“They drive people to despair, suicide and starvation,” said another elderly woman. “It can’t go on like this. This is not what the people wanted.”

The opposition has vowed to challenge some measures in the Constitutional Court. But the ruling centre-right coalition is determined to satisfy Portugal’s international lenders and avoid having to ask for a second bailout.