Before the solemn sitting of the Bucharest Parliament on March 27, the unification of Romania with Bessarabia a century ago was celebrated in Chisinau on Sunday, through a demonstration attended by political leaders from the two banks of the Prut River, while the pro-Russian Moldovan President, Igor Dodon, accuses Bucharest of maintaining a unionist feeling that wants to divide the country, ziare.com informs.
At the end of the demonstration in Chisinau, a Proclamation of the Great Centenary Assembly for reunification was adopted.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators attending the “Great Centennial Assembly” held in Chisinau on Sunday have adopted the Proclamation of the Great Centennial Assembly, according to which the unification of Bessarabia with Romania is the only solution for the survival and progress of Romanians between the Prut and the Dniester Rivers.
In the proclamation, the demonstrators require the two Parliaments to receive delegations from the Great Centenary Assembly, and that on solemn meeting of March 27, 2018, the Romanian Parliament to adopt a decision to get involved in the national Reunification.
“We ask the two Parliaments to receive delegations of the Great Centenary Assembly and at the solemn sitting on March 27, 2018, the Bucharest Parliament to adopt a decision to get involved in the national Reunification by the peaceful means of parliamentary democracy and within the limits of the Romanian Constitution, in accordance with the norms of international law and the Helsinki Final Act,” the request of the Chisinau Unionists reads.
At 12:00h on Sunday, thousands were already in the Great National Assembly Square, where patriotic songs were sung and they chanted “Union” and “We are the Dacians of the Carpathians / Down the border between brothers.”
The anthem of the Republic of Moldova, “Our Language” and Romania’s “Wake up Romanian,” were sung at the opening of the event.
The Chairman of the Save the Romania Union (USR), Dan Barna, talked about the place of the Republic of Moldova in the European Union.
“I think the place of Bessarabia, the place of Moldova and Romania is in the European Union. I know that for you, the last years have discouraged this direction and know that it seems a very difficult question now, but in reality, in 1914, the idea of union even did not existed theoretically, and after four years in 1918, the historical miracle took place (…) the strongest driver is hope and trust, and the love we all have bring us here,” Barna said in Chisinau.
He added that the unity of all the Romanians is today, as in 1918, an ideal.
Former President Traian Basescu had a speech with a unionist message. He called on the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and Romania to vote for the union of the two countries.
“Here, today, we came to the second big event and we ask the Parliaments of Bucharest and Chisinau, as soon as possible, to celebrate the Centenary of the Union, to vote again the union!,” Basescu said.
The “Great Centenary Assembly” was organized by several unionist groups from Republic of Moldova and abroad. At a press conference in Chisinau on Friday, the organizers said that the mayors of the localities that signed the symbolic union declaration will participate in the event, Radio Free Europe reports, as well as Romanian political leaders.
The organizers invited EU observers to the demonstration, as pro-Russian Moldovan President Igor Dodon insinuated in a post on his Facebook page that the March 25 event could have “provocative and violent” events.
“There are several signals that this unionist assembly could have a character not only provocative, but also violent. […] I urge you not to participate in events that involve risks and which are a shame on the cheek of our homeland, the Republic of Moldova.
“I warn the authorities to do their duty and to prevent any escalation of street spirits,” Dodon wrote, who is paying a visit to Mount Athos.
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