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Romania calls crisis meeting to discuss protests

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's government has called an emergency meeting to discuss escalating protests that show no sign of abating after demonstrators angry about austerity measures hurled stones and firebombs at police. At least six people have been injured.

More than 1,000 protesters clashed with police who used tear gas and flares to repel demonstrators in Bucharest. One man was briefly set ablaze during the chaos. Interior Minister Traian Igas called an emergency meeting late Sunday to deal with the crisis.

The protests, in their fourth day, are the most serious since President Traian Basescu came to power in 2004. They are the result of frustration against public wage cuts, slashed benefits, higher taxes, cronyism in state institutions and widespread corruption.

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