On Thursday, some 200,000 Romanians protested in the cities of Bucharest, Bacau, Cluj-Napoca, Galati, Iasi, Sibiu and Timisoara.
On Tuesday, the Romanian government approved amendments to the country’s Criminal Code on pardons and amnesties for certain prisoners. The decision triggered protests across the country with people demanding the resignation of the government led by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that he was going to challenge the new government decree at the Constitutional Court.
The prisoners affected by the controversial amendments are those over 60 years old, pregnant women and parents of small children, regardless of their charges, as well as those who are sentenced for less than five years, excluding people convicted for criminal and sexual offenses.