Third night of anti-government protests in Romania

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Tens of thousands of Romanians have once again taken part in anti-corruption protests across the country, a day after at least 450 people were injured in clashes between demonstrators and police.

Over 400 people received medical care at the square that night and two gendarmes were attacked, it said.

Around 30 police were also injured, 11 of whom were taken to hospital.

Numerous demonstrators are Romanian expats who have returned from across Europe to voice their anger at the government.

(Football hooligans frequently appear at political protests in Romania.) In response, riot police reportedly fired tear gas, smoke grenades and a water cannon into the crowd at Victoriei Square in Bucharest, which also included many peaceful protesters.

Violence has broken out in Bucharest, Romania, in the protests that have rallied 30,000 to 50,000 anti-government protesters tfrom across the country.

The Israeli Embassy in Bucharest confirmed the incident on Monday saying that four Israeli tourists were beaten by law enforcement troops on Friday.

The demonstration was staged in front of the government headquarters in the city centre.

Tens of thousands showed up for the rally, which called on Romanians living overseas to return home to protest what they say is a corrupt government.

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There was some violence: protesters tried to break through a security line while others threw bottles and rocks, reported Reuters.

Three journalists also said they were roughed up by police.

"We want to see modern roads and schools and above all to not have to pay bribes to the left and right", added Ileana who, like her husband, works in the Alicante region.

"Corruption and embezzlement, which profit the ruling class, are what bothers me", Vlad told the same news agency.

According to the World Bank, up to a quarter of the Romanian population - between three and five million people - live and work overseas, sending back around $US5bn to one of the EU's least developed countries.

What's the background to this crisis?

The country's top anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi was sacked in July, raising concern in Brussels. Kovesi had support from the president, but the justice minister accused her of overstepping and it was ultimately Iohannis who was forced to fire her after a court ruling.

But Iohannis' party does not control the legislature, where the Social Democratic Party leads a coalition government that has repeatedly attempted to reduce punishments for corruption.

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