Occupy: Is Bucharest, Romania, Next? (PHOTOS)

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For two weeks, protesters across Romania have been gathering in groups of a few dozen to to a few thousand to show their displeasure with the ruling party of President Traian Basescu. A protestor holds a sign reading "Romania, I Love You. You Are My Country" in University Square on Jan. 21.

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Jodi Hilton

BUCHAREST — Fed up with austerity and corruption, Romanians take to the streets to call for fresh elections. 

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    For two weeks, protesters across Romania have been gathering in groups of a few dozen to to a few thousand to show their displeasure with the ruling party of President Traian Basescu. A protestor holds a sign reading "Romania, I Love You. You Are My Country" in University Square on Jan. 21.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    On Tuesday night, protesters carrying flowers chanted as they faced a police line.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    Every night, several hundred people gather in University Square, in the center of Bucharest, holding signs, flags and other symbols of their displeasure with politicians whom they see as corrupt. Pensioners and families occupy one side of the square.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    Though many Romanians complain about corruption the protests were sparked after a popular health minister Raed Arafat resigned when the government passed a law privatizing some hospital services. It then devolved into a general expression of unhappiness on many issues. Protesters are calling for the President's resignation and new elections.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    After his resignation, the health minister was reappointed, but protests continued. Romania's hospital system is among various institutions that have suffered from poor funding and corruption. Paraschiva Hoteanu, pictured, says her 37-year-old daughter was left to die during childbirth when the family didn't have money to pay bribes to the hospital. Her son, she says, was misdiagnosed and died in the hospital due to doctor's negligence.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    On Sunday, children waived flags with a circle cut out of the middle, during protests in University Square.

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    The protestors include many unemployed, including this protester waiving a Romanian flag while sitting in a sculpture in University Square. Romania's unemployment rate is 7.2 percent, up from about 5.5 percent in 2004.

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    Victor Ponta, leader of the opposition Social Democratic Party, speaks to journalists after a special session of parliament in which the opposition called for early elections. "The opposition are ready to ask for people's vote. We are not giving up," Ponta said.

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    A man holds his daughter on his shoulders for a better view, as thousands of Romanians gathered in Victory Square on Tuesday to oppose the Romanian leadership on the 12th day of protests.

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    Jodi Hilton

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    On Tuesday, Veterans groups, pensioners and soccer club fans were among the thousand or more Romanians who gathered in Victory Square on Romania's Unity Day.

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    Jodi Hilton