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Protesters clash with anti-riot police during a violent protest supporting under secretary of state in Romania's Health Ministry, Raed Arafat, at University Plaza, central Bucharest, 14 January 2012. Hundreds of people gathered to support Raed Arafat, the founder of Romanian emergency service (SMURD) who resigned from his position at the health ministry on 11 January, to protest against the proposed reform aimed at opening the vital sector to private operators, which was designed without the consensus of medical associations and civil society. Romania's President Traian Basescu called on the prime minister to withdraw the controversial health reform law package. Two riot policemen and a TV journalist were injured during the clashes between riot policemen and protesters.