Man jumps off balcony in Romanian Parliament

| Tuesday, December 28, 2010 | |
by Michael Sheridan

A man protesting government cuts dived off a balcony in the Romanian parliament on Thursday as the nation’s prime minister and other politicians looked on in horror.

Prime Minister Emil Boc had just begun addressing legislators in Bucharest when the man, identified as a state-TV engineer Adrian Sobaru, stood on the railing some 22 feet above the main floor.

“Boc, you’ve taken away the rights of our children,” he was heard yelling as he fell, according to London’s Telegraph.

Sky News reports the 40-year-old wore a T-shirt that stated, in Romanian, “You’ve pierced us. You’ve killed our children’s future. Freedom.”

The man, who according to reports has a son who is autistic, was distraught over losing health benefits due to government cuts.

Sobaru suffered several injuries, including fractured bones in his face, but is expected to survive. He was conscious when medical personnel removed him from the parliament, during which time he chanted, “Freedom.”



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