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Violent Romanian protests leave hundreds needing medical treatment

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Some demonstrators threw rocks, bottles and smoke bombs at riot police.

Romanian authorities say 440 people – including many riot police – have received medical treatment after an anti-government protest turned violent.

The Bucharest-Ilfov Emergency Service said that of those, 65 people including nine riot police were taken to the hospital.

There are no immediate reports of life-threatening injuries.

Romania Protest
People flee after riot police fires tear gas into the crowds (Vadim Ghirda/AP)

It turned violent later on after riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to quell protesters.

Some demonstrators threw rocks, bottles and smoke bombs at riot police.

President Klaus Iohannis, a critic of the left-wing government, condemned “the brutal intervention of riot police”.

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