Charges against ex Romanian president dropped

BUCHAREST, Romania: Prosecutors say they have dropped criminal charges against former President Ion Iliescu for allegedly inciting miners to riot in clashes that left six people dead.

The general prosecutor’s office made the announcement Wednesday. The charges related to violence in June 1990, when Iliescu was president.

Thousands of coal miners beat up pro-democracy protesters and students, injuring hundreds of people. Iliescu thanked the miners afterward. The violence marred Romania’s transition to democracy and deterred foreign investment for years.

On Thursday, a group that supports the 1990 protesters said it would organize street rallies against the decision to drop charges.

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