Riots in Romania: Tax Inspectors Revolt, Finance Secretary Flees

The Finance Secretary in Romania has fled the Ministry headquarters, according to Realitatea TV, at the pressure of hundreds of angry tax inspectors who invaded the ministry, in a wildcat strike protest. He is reported to have sought refuge in the Government building, after having baricaded himself in his office.

Several tax and revenue services in Romania have been paralyzed on Wednesday afternoon by spontaneous wildcat strikes and riots. The tax inspectors are angered that the government has canceled their bonuses, after having already cut their pay by a quarter, at the request of the IMF.

Thousands of protesters have occupied the hallways of the tax services and have boo-ed all officials who tried to approach them. The angry tax inspector crowds are refusing any negotiation and demand that their bonuses be reinstated. Similar wildcat actions have also been reported at numerous state pension administrations throughout the country.

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