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Romanian flings himself from Parliament balcony

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A public television employee, Adrian Sobaru, prepares to jump from a balcony in the Romanian parliament building, in Bucharest, Romania, on Thursday, Dec. 23.

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Adrian Sobaru jumps from a balcony during a speech by Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc (not shown) in the Romanian parliament building on Thursday, Dec. 23. He sustained injuries but was reported to be conscious after the fall.

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Paramedics attend to Adrian Sobaru after he jumped off the Parliament hall's balcony to protest the government's austerity drive, including wage cuts and tax hikes during a vote over wage reforms in Bucharest, Romaina on Thursday, Dec. 23. The Associated Press says the father of two jumped from aroudn 23 feet and landed on benches. No one else was injured.

The AP reports:  Romania's government survived a no-confidence motion in Parliament on Thursday in a session overshadowed by a man who flung himself from the chamber's balcony, apparently in protest over the government austerity measures.

His injuries were not life-threatening. A loud thud reverberated in the chamber after the man, Adrian Sobaru — identified by the country's public television station as one of its engineers — jumped from a height of about 7 meters (23 feet).

He hit the benches shortly after Prime Minister Emil Boc greeted the lawmakers. No one else was injured.

Boc looked startled and rushed over to Sobaru, along with other lawmakers, before Speaker Mircea Geoana briefly postponed the session.

Boc called the incident "a tragedy that shocked me," and appealed for calm "in these tough times."

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