BUCHAREST, Romania – Thousands have marched through the Romanian capital and other cities to protest a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners which critics say could reverse the anti-corruption fight.
More than 10,000 protesters massed in University Square on Sunday evening, and later broke through police lines, before heading toward government headquarters.
Protesters cheered after President Klaus Iohannis, a government critic who supports the anti-corruption drive, turned up at the protest.
Some protesters were elderly, while others carried children on their shoulders. Demonstrators called the ruling Social Democratic Party "the red plague."
Premier Sorin Grindeanu wants to pass an emergency ordinance to pardon prisoners which his government says would ease overcrowding in prisons. Critics say it would help government allies convicted of corruption.
Prison authorities say 3,700 prisoners could be freed.