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Bucharest, Romania (CNN) -- Police in Bucharest fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters who gathered Saturday to demonstrate against government austerity measures and poor living standards.
Protesters calling for President Traian Basescu's resignation and early elections blocked traffic in the capital's University Square. Many waved flags with the centers ripped out to symbolize the 1989 communist revolution. Others carried signs reading "Liberty" and "Down with President Basescu."