Jumper interrupts Romanian parliament session
A visitor to the Romanian parliament on Thursday dove off a gallery to protest government austerity measures as Prime Minister Emil Boc gave a speech.
The unidentified man, wearing a shirt proclaiming "you killed our future" climbed to the railing on the visitors' balcony, yelled "Boc, you stole our children's rights" and jumped, according to reports, DPA reported.
He sustained some injuries from the fall and was rushed to a hospital. His condition still unclear.
At the time of the incident, Boc was preparing to deliver a speech on the unpopular public wages act, which led to two no-confidence motions against him within a week. The first he survived on Monday and the second was interrupted by the jumper.
Boc last week staked the survival of his cabinet on the fast-track approval of the public wages act, coupling its adoption with a vote of confidence. The measure provides a slight pay increase for civil servants, but still does not restore wages to where they were before prior cuts.
The premier and his cabinet were expected to survive the second vote despite his coalition's slim majority in the parliament. If he does, the wages bill will become law without debate or amendments.
Twice this year, Boc has used confidence votes to push bills through quickly and to avoid wrangling in parliament that can last weeks or even months.
The public wages act forms part of the agreement Romania struck with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union for a 20- billion-euro (26.5 billion dollar) bailout in 2009.
To qualify for the assistance, Bucharest agreed a set of austerity measures to bring spending and the deficit under control.
The government has already sacked 70,000 civil servants in the past two years, cut public wages by 25 per cent and hiked the value- added tax from 19 to 24 per cent.
Wihle Boc's austerity measures secured the funds Romania needed to remain afloat, they also led to a wave of protests over the last two years.