Over 400 people received medical care at the square that night and two gendarmes were attacked, it said.
In a statement issued Friday night, Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis condemned the “brutal intervention of the Gendarmerie,” saying their actions were “strongly disproportionate with the demonstrations of the majority of people in Victoria Square.”
He called on the country’s Interior Ministry to “urgently explain” the way in which the event was managed, saying: “The attempt to defeat the will of the people through a violent reaction of the law enforcement forces is a condemnable solution.”
During Friday’s rally, protesters also held a moment of silence in memory of those who died in the 1989 Revolution and several speakers accused the political system of lacking alternatives, state media reports.
Protesters are angry over what they say is entrenched corruption, low wages and attempts by the governing Social Democrats (PSD) to weaken the judiciary, Reuters reported.