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Protests in Moldova reactivate, tents block Chisinau central boulevard

Protesters against corruption in Moldova have moved their tents in Chisinau downtown from the Square of the Parliament directly on Stefan cel Mare Boulevard
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Protesters led by Igor Dodon, the leader of Party of the Socialists and Renato Usatii, the leader Our Party moved their tents from the Square of the Parliament directly on Stefan cel Mare Boulevard. The action is a response to refusal of President Nicolae Timofti to resign,  Joinfo.ua reports.

Police came on the spot. But several socialists formed a cordon in front of police to allow protesters occupy the boulevard. Therefore, public transport was redirected to other streets.
In a posting on a social network, Igor Dodon says that “this is just the beginning. There will be more.”

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“We have moved to Plan B. blocked the central avenue. Further – more … “- says Igor Dodon on his page in Facebook.

It should be recalled that protests in Moldova started on September 6, when thousands of people walked to the streets of Chisinau dissatisfied with the corruption of the government. People protested against a fraud in which $1 billion has disappeared from the banking system. The fraud has caused a sharp depreciation in the national currency, the leu, fuelling inflation and driving down living standards.

The scandal around the missing $1 billion has led to the EU and other economic partners withholding assistance to Moldova until it is back on an International monetary Fund program. The main accusations of corruption are brought against Moldovan oligarch and politician Vladimir Plahotniuc, who is also vice-president of the Democratic Party and Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Moldova.

The impetus for the protests was a bigconcert, which was scheduled on September 7. But protesters said it would be just immoral to organize a concert, when the country was in deep crisis.

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti refused to resign because close ending of his presidency term. Valeriu Strelet, Prime Minister of Republic of Moldova announced the formation of a working group of representatives from various ministries and departments, which will study the demands of the protesters.

After meeting with Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti September 18 representatives of сivic platform Dignity and Justice (DA) said they have no intention to demand the president’s resignation but they demand the resignation of the head of the National Bank, the Prosecutor General, the head of the Anticorruption Center and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Justice, since these officials, in their estimation, are responsible for the financial and banking crisis.

At the end of September, representatives of left-wing forces began to conduct active protest. With the support of the socialists, the tent camp in Chisinau downtown at the parliament building began to grow rapidly. Tents in front of the Ministry of Agriculture began to establish during the meeting, which was held by Our Party together with the Party of Socialists.

Another unsolved issue of Moldova is Transnistria, an internationally unrecognized entity with population of about half a million people, which has the status of “autonomous territorial unit with a special legal status.” On September 30, at the debate during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Valeriu Strelet, Moldovan PM said that his country insists on the withdrawal of the Russian army from the territory of Transnistria.