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Counter-protest on day of no-confidence motion. PSD-ALDE supporters to show up outside Parliament during Opposition protest. USR’s Barna: With the flag up front, we will protest tomorrow, outside Parliament, to stop the Dancila Gov’t and Liviu Dragnea from confiscating the future of Romania and of Romanians

Social Democratic Party (PSD) Senator Claudiu Manda (photo) has announced that on Wednesday, the day when PNL’s no-confidence motion against the Dancila Government will be put up for vote, PSD-ALDE supporters could show up outside the Palace of Parliament.

Asked on Monday evening, during a talk-show on Antena3, whether the supporters of the PSD-ALDE coalition could show up at the Palace of Parliament on the day of the no-confidence motion, Claudiu Manda said: “Yes. They might come.”

Asked what might happen on that day if both PSD-ALDE and Opposition supporters are at the Palace of Parliament, Manda said: “There are two options. Either we can compare [sic] them numerically, or they end up in conflict. It’s just that what we see happening today, including at the level of Parliament, they might still want – those who are coming now, the protesters – such actions. We also took measures in Parliament; however, you could think that USR supporters come to the restaurant, pick up the fork and would then run with the fork through Parliament.”

The PSD senator added that the no-confidence motion has no chance of passing and some Opposition parliamentarians might be absent or might not vote for the motion. PSD President Liviu Dragnea announced on Monday that the Social Democrats will be present at the joint plenary meeting to ensure the necessary quorum but will not vote on the no-confidence motion.

On Monday, PNL President Ludovic Orban asked the sympathisers of the party he leads to take to the streets and take part in the protests organised on the day of the no-confidence motion in Bucharest and throughout the country.

“PNL is open, after the fall of the Government, to negotiations with all civilised, decent political forces that want what’s best for Romania, so as to shape a beneficial solution for Romania that re-establishes Romania on its natural Euro-Atlantic path, on a democratic path that respects the values and fundamental values at the basis of the EU functioning, on a path that allows each Romanian citizen the chance to a better life. (…) We have taken the decision to ask PNL members, sympathisers, to be present at all rallies of support for the no-confidence motion on Wednesday, the day of the motion, both in Bucharest and in all the other cities in which rallies will be staged, and we are asking them to be present in order to be alongside the Romanian citizens who want Romania to return on the right track,” PNL President Ludovic Orban said.

In his turn, USR President Dan Barna announced on Monday that the elected representatives of the party he represents have entered a work-in strike and will wear white armbands until Wednesday. Moreover, USR is asking people to take to the streets while the no-confidence motion is being voted.

The USR is using text messages to call on Romanians to take the day off on Wednesday and to go at the Palace of Parliament at noon, when the no-confidence motion is voted. The text messages were sent to party members, sympathisers and those who signed up for updates from the USR.

 

USR’s Barna: With the flag up front, we will protest tomorrow, outside Parliament, to stop the Dancila Gov’t and Liviu Dragnea from confiscating the future of Romania and of Romanians

 

Save Romania Union (USR) leader Dan Barna states that on Wednesday, when the no-confidence motion against the Dancila Government is put up for vote, USR will protest “with the flag up front” at the Palace of Parliament, in order to stop the Dancila Government and Liviu Dragnea “from confiscating the future of Romania and of Romanians.”

In a message posted on Facebook on Tuesday, the National Flag Day, Dan Barna says that when, during the 1848 revolution, a handful of people that built Romania hoisted for the first time the red, yellow, and blue flag of Romania, what was born was not only a symbol for all Romanians but also one of those elements that definitively marked our collective conscience.

The USR leader states that, 100 years since the Great Union and 170 years since the revolution of 1848, Romanians are once again at the crossroads.

“With the flag up front, Romanians from Romania and the Republic of Moldova alike defend in the streets their values and conscience, against the attempt being made by some forces that are trying to hijack our natural path – a democratic and European path. The fact that these forces preponderantly come from those whom Romanians invested with the confidence that they can make their lives better is as sad as ever. And maybe it is not at all by chance the very fact that the Flag Day comes today, the day before a decisive moment for the contemporary history of Romanians, a day on which we call on Romanians to support us in the fight against a toxic Government and parliamentary majority that have absolutely no respect for Romanians and their symbols. With the flag up front, we will protest tomorrow too, outside Parliament, to stop the Dancila Government and Liviu Dragnea from confiscating the future of Romania and of Romanians,” Barna wrote.

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