40,000 Protesters Decry Government Corruption In Moldova

Protesters stand by a fire while blocking a main road leading into the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. More than 15,000 people gathered to protest against the government, demanding early elections in the impoverished East European nation, an action that comes after demonstrators stormed Parliament last week as lawmakers approved a new pro-European government.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)


On Sunday 40,000 opposition demonstrators took over the freezing streets of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, and have called for an early election in the wake of a political crisis.

Both Pro-European and Pro-Russian forces have teamed up in the protests, since a new government was approved on Wednesday.

The protesters were expressing their anger at the wide-ranging scale of corruption among the ruling politicians and the influence of Vlad Plahotniuc, who is an oligarch believed to be the true power in the new government.

“The people are with us. They do not want to support oligarchs and the criminal authorities!” said Andrei Nastase, opposition leader, in a speech to protesters.

In order to avoid clashes, organizers of a pro-government rally have cancelled it at the last moment.

The unrest stems from a one billion dollar corruption scandal that came to light last year. It had triggered large-scale protests and the ousting and arrest of Vlad Fiat, the former premier, in October of last year.

The pro-European and pro-Russian protesters have set aside their differences to challenge the ruling elite that they believe to have been using pro-European language to cover up the immense level of corruption.


Sources: Yahoo News

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