BUCHAREST, ROMANIA, DEC. 19 -- Opposition leaders met today with President Ion Iliescu to discuss demands for a new broad-based cabinet as strikes and protests continued against the government.
Several thousand anti-government demonstrators rallied in Timisoara, 280 miles northwest of Bucharest, where there have been protests all week. It was in Timisoara one year ago that the country's popular revolution began.
In Bucharest, several hundred students demonstrated outside the state television building in support of Dumitru Iuga, head of the Free TV Union. He has been on a hunger strike for 19 days demanding the ouster of television executives left from the Communist dictatorship.
Flights were canceled or delayed as employees of the state airline, Tarom, continued a strike.
The independent daily Romania Libera said the navigators' union from the Black Sea port of Constanta called for a general strike as a "sign of solidarity" with students who are boycotting classes.
In Timisoara, student strikers have been joined by about 50,000 workers from 11 area factories. Union leaders said 16 more factories had joined.
Marian Munteanu, who was elected temporary president of the Civic Alliance last week, said he was "very satisfied" with the talks with Iliescu.