Tens of thousands packed the Bucharest University plaza starting at 17:00 hrs to protest the planned pardon ordinance and the amendment of the Criminal Codes, chanting slogans, carrying tricolor banners and placards reading "Mandated to represent, not to abuse," "Crime gang, off to court", "NO to pardon, YES to schools and hospitals", "Referendum", "Stop Corruption", "No convicts at rule!"," Dragnea tatters Romania!", "PSD - the red plague!"
The crowds then swarmed towards Unirii Square, heading for the seat of the Justice Ministry.
The gendarmes are calling through loudspeakers to the mass of people to observe public order and not turn violent.