Protests, tear gas at Moldova independence day parade

Moldovan police on Saturday fired tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during a parade to mark the former Soviet republic’s independence day.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered near the main square of Chisinau, Moldova’s capital. Many shouted “thieves!” and “shame on you!” as President Nicolae Timofti and other officials laid floral wreaths at a monument honoring Stephen the Great, a 15th-century Moldovan hero.

Few citizens were permitted to enter the square amid heavy police security. No injuries from Saturday’s clashes were reported.

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