Thousands protest at French-Romanian car plant

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Thousands of people have protested at the French-Romanian carmaker Dacia-Renault factory in southern Romania demanding that the government support the industry and offer workers more legal protection.

About 10,000 workers and their families were joined by trade union members from other cities Wednesday. They beat drums and yelled: "Down with the government!" at a protest in Mioveni, where the cars are made about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Bucharest, national news agency Agerpres reported.

They called for the completion of a delayed highway project that would connect the factory to Romania's western border and cuts costs, more protection for workers in labor laws and government financing for professional training.

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