Romanians continue protests, call on president, govt to resign over austerity plan

About 200 Romanian unionists are protesting Thursday outside the presidential palace in Bucharest and call on the president and government to resign because of the austerity plan authorities announced.

About 300 other unionists are picketing the Government headquarters.

Protesters have brought banners with messages like “Resignation”, “You lied, you need to go”, and one displaying a photo of Prime Minister Emil Boc that reads “Incompetence has a human face”.

Romanian authorities announced drastic spending cuts and plan to fire 70,000 public workers this year. Romania is also set to slash public sector wages by 25% and pensions and social benefits by 15%. Meanwhile, although the flat tax and VAT remain unchanged, the Government is working on legislation to tax food vouchers, capital gains and increase property taxes.

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