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Thousands in Moldova protest oligarch’s plan to change electoral system

Chisinau, Moldova: Thousands of people protested in front of Parliament on Sunday, June 11, against the plan by deputies of oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc and President Igor Dodon’s parties to change the electoral system.

The protest, initiated by well-known representatives of civil society and supported by several opposition parties (including Dignity and Truth Platform, Our Home is Moldova (Red Bloc, Our Party, PDS and others), was held under the slogan “We won’t change the electoral system, we’ll change YOU!”

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.

Moldovan political prisoners win partial victory

The Petrenko Group, seven communists and anti-oligarchy political prisoners in Moldova, have been freed from house arrest on April 26.

A court in Chisinau, the Moldovan capital, transferred them to “judicial control” – essentially, released on bail – while their trial on charges of rioting and organizing disorders continues. They face up to eight years in prison if convicted.
The ruling came after months of pressure on the pro-Western regime, which is dominated by the country’s leading oligarch, Vlad Plahotniuc, including visits from several delegations of European parliamentarians and protests held from Russia to the U.S.
The ongoing abuse of the political prisoners has become a scandal for the regime’s backers in Europe.
Red Bloc party leader Grigory Petrenko and his comrades were arrested at a peaceful demonstration in Chisinau on September 6, 2015. They spent almost six months in jail before being transferred to a regime of strict house arrest in late February.
Under the new terms imposed by the court, the political prisoners are still banned from taking part in protests. They will, however, be able to leave their homes, speak to the media, and participate on social media, all of which were previously banned.
Petrenko charged that the court’s ban on taking part in the protests violates their constitutional rights. “In paragraph 6, the court decision says that we have no right to be in places where protests take place, which could escalate into riots. This is strange wording. I believe that in this way our constitutional rights are violated,” Petrenko told reporters after the hearing. (NewsMaker.md)
On April 24, a mass anti-oligarchy protest demanding early parliamentary elections was held in Chisinau. Outside the oligarch Plahotnic’s home, riot police carried automatic weapons, fired tear gas and clubbed protesters.
The Red Bloc denounced the repression of protesters, citing the illegal actions of the police and other security forces, and calling for the immediate arrest of Interior Minister Alexander Zhizdana and other responsible officials.

Moldovan trade unions demand 35-per cent increase in salaries

The National Trade Unions Confederation of Moldova (CSRM) asked the government to increase the salaries by 35 per cent, given the rise in prices.

CSRM head Petru Chiriac has told MOLDPRES that the trade unions also demanded establishing a new minimum salary, which was to be at the level of the subsistence minimum, “in order not to allow further impoverishment of the residents.”

Large-scale protest in Moldovan capital

On January 24 a new wave of protests has started in Moldova. A large-scale protest took place on the Great National Assembly Square (PMAN) of Chisinau against the swearing in office of the new government. The protesters repeatedly demanded organisation of snap parliamentary elections, monitored by the United Nations and other international institutions.
Supporters of the Dignity and Truth Platform, Party of Socialists (PSRM) and the party led by Renato Usatii united in this protest on PMAN. The citizens shouted anti-government slogans, demanded change of the political class and asked the development partners not to back the cabinet led by Pavel Filip.
”One year has passed since we started protests in streets. The present governance controls the entire country and tries to establish a dictatorship, but it will not manage, as the people have woken up. We call on those leading the country to come here and render resignation, as we want snap polls and a head of state elected by the people,” the head of the Great National Assembly Council, Andrei Nastase, said.
PSRM leader Igor Dodon said that all the citizens had united on PMAN for the first time since the declaration of the independence. ”Our problem is that we divide into nationalities, we are citizens of Moldova, who want to live at home, we want our children to grow up at home, and the fact that we have united speaks about the fact that we can save the country. We must do our utmost to get snap elections, and the latter may take place only if we are united,” Dodon said.
”I have come here to save Moldova. The country is in a big danger and we are obliged to return the country back to the people. There are many of us and we must show them that the power is in our hands,” the leader of Our Party, Renato Usatii, said.
At the protest, the people present on PMAN voted for the creation of the National Salvation Council, demanding resignation of the leadership of more state institutions. Subsequently, the column of protesters headed to the Constitutional Court, National Anticorruption Centre and Prosecutor General’s Office, where people protested against decisions taken by these institutions.
After protesting in the Great National Assembly Square, just in the downtown of Chișinău, the protesters led by the Platform “Dignity and Truth”, “Our Party” and Party of Socialists went in a march to the North-Western entrance of the capital in order to block it.
The Calea Ieșilor street was blocked for approximately an hours by the protesters, who wanted to send a message to the authorities through this. They demand the dismissal of the Filip Government, the assigning of a technocrat Government and early Parliamentary elections.
The heads of these protests, Andrei Năstase, Igor Dodon and Renato Usatîi, gave 3 days to the authorities to analyse their demands until Thursday, January 28th, 17:00.
According to the leaders, this statement is an ultimatum for the governing majority. Otherwise, the protesters would have to block other national roads, railways and the access to the Chișinău Airport.