Update: Hundreds celebrate results of EP election, sentence for Liviu Dragnea in Victoriei Square

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Hundreds of people gathered Monday evening in Victoriei Square, shortly after PSD leader Liviu Dragnea was sentenced in the DGASPC Teleorman file to 3 years and six months imprisonment and was taken to Rahova penitentiary.

The people said the fight for the rule of law should continue and requested the resignation of Viorica Dancila cabinet. They showed solidarity with the Romanians in Diaspora for not being able to cast their votes on Sunday.

They chanted: ‘Melescanu, the criminal!’, ‘Thieves’, ‘Servants without rulers’ and ‘Diaspora’.

The several hundred people came to Victoriei Square have brought, symbolically, champagne and cakes to celebrate. No gendarmes were present at the site, digi24.ro reports.

At 21.00h Monday evening, those present marked ‘the lights moment’ and sung the national anthem.

Later, those present turned to the Foreign Ministry to request the resignation of Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu for the way he organized the vote abroad.

Two rallies were called Monday evening in Victoriei Square, following the historic events these days. It is about the high turnout at the election for European Parliament, the validation of the referendum on justice issues and the jail sentence of the Supreme Court for PSD leader Liviu Dragnea.

The first event is called ‘The celebration of the first victory’ and invited people to Victoriei Square as of 19.30h to celebrate the results of the vote on Sunday, ziare.com reports.

“Romania said YES! We don’t want to be led by thieves!” the organisers said.

“We invite you today, as of 19.30h, in Victoriei Square, to celebrate the Victory, but also in solidarity with the revolt all Romanians abroad feel for not being able to cast their votes. The referendum requested by the civic society and initiated by President Klaus Iohannis has shown, overwhelmingly, that Romanians want independent justice and a political class that is not placed above the law. The Romanian society said clearly, yesterday: ‘Thieves in jail, without the possibility to receive pardon from the sentence!” the page dedicated to the event reads.

The second rally was summoned at 21.00h.

“Dragnea Farewell Party Celebration! Bring champagne, confetti, cherries, everything you’ve got!” Leonard Dumitru wrote on the Facebook page dedicated to the event.

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