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Moldovan opposition stages rally against arrest of protesters

The protest rally scheduled by the opposition Liberal Party, Liberal Democratic Party and the Moldova Noastra Alliance for 1100 on Sunday started exactly at mid-day.
INFOTAG, 12 April 2009, 15:20

Chisinau, April 12 ( INFOTAG ). Infotag correspondent reports from Chisinau's central square that the rally was opened by the chairman of the Moldovan Union of Writers, Mihai Cimpoi. The rally is attended by the leaders of the above mentioned opposition parties: Mihai Ghimpu, Vlad Filat and Serafim Urechean.

The rally is said to be attended by some 10 thousand people. Protesters do not carry any flags or banners, they behave calmly and have not blocked the traffic on the capital's main street, Stefan cel Mare.

The organizers of the rally ask the authorities to release all people arrested in the wake of the April 6-7 mass riots in Chisinau. Mihai Cimpoi read out a statement by the Union of Writers expressing the position of this organization towards the events which took place in Chisinau after the April 5 elections. (Details to follow in INFOTAG's next news bulletins)

ONE PARTICIPANT IN PROTEST RALLIES DIED

Chisinau, April 12 ( INFOTAG ). A 23-year-old youth, Valeriu Boboc, who took part in the mass protest rallies in the centre of Chisinau on April 7-8, died on Sunday, April 12.

The news has been reported by the opposition media which quotes the parents of the young man. They says that "after the protest rallies, Valeriu Boboc was arrested, severely beaten by police as a result of which he died".

The parents said they took Valeriu's body, full of bruises, from the morgue on Sunday. Valeriu was married and has a one-and-a-half year old baby.

For her part, Interior Ministry's spokeswoman Ala Meleca has told Infotag that "she has no information about this case".

At the same time, sources in the Interior Ministry did not rule out that "Valeriu Boboc could have died after being poisoned with gas used by police against protesters".

As already reported by Infotag, during the April 7 mass riots about 200 people were injured, including about 200 policemen. Of them, 43 were hospitalized, one is still in a serious condition.

At the same time, Interior Ministry's spokesman Ala Meleca told a news conference on Saturday that the rights of people arrested in the wake of the 7 April mass riots in Chisinau are being respected. "These people are provided medical, legal and psychological support", Meleca said.

For their part, opposition parties have been saying that police are maltreating the arrested people, forcing them to give evidence that they were paid in order to participate in the protest rallies. The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Vlad Filat, told a news conference that a girl arrested by police came to the office of his party and said that "she was kept in custody for two days without water and food".

UNPRECEDENTED SECURITY MEASURES TAKEN IN CHISINAU AHEAD OF OPPOSITION'S PROTEST RALLIES

Chisinau, April 12 ( INFOTAG ). Unprecedented security measures have been taken in Chisinau ahead of the protest rallies which the opposition intends to conduct on April 12. A large number of firefighting vehicles and water cannons have been displayed in front of the government building

Additional police forces arrived to Chisinau in buses from the raions of the republic in the night, while Internet sites post video showing military trucks arriving to Chisinau.

Strengthened patrols of the road police control all the entrances to Chisinau. They check very thoroughly passenger buses and micro-buses. Many passengers say that the police will not allow vehicles to enter Chisinau, if they have suspicions that people go to Chisinau to participate in the protest rallies.

As Infotag has already reported, the protest action of three opposition parties which made it to parliament after the April 5 parliamentary election - the Liberal Party of Moldova (LPM), the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (LDPM) and Moldova Noastra Alliance (MNA) - is scheduled for 1100 on Chisinau's central square in front of the parliament building. Leaders of these parties - Mihai Ghimpu, Vlad Filat and Serafim Urechean - said at their joint news conference on Saturday that they intend to protest against the actions by the law and order authorities, which continue detaining people under the pretext of their participation in mass riots on April 6 and 7.

"Initially, we called on our supporters not to participate in the protest actions. However, police go beyond any limits. And we call upon our supporters to come to the central square on Sunday, in order to protest against the current dictatorial regime, which unleashed a genocide against its citizens", Ghimpu said.

The Ministry of Interior and the Moldova General Prosecutor's Office categorically rejected accusations that the arrested persons are subjected to tortures and maltreatment.

On Friday the Moldovan President declared that in the future the police will be severely terminating any attempts by rioters to organize disorders and the law enforcers will strictly defend Moldova's statehood and constitutional order. On Saturday, at a sitting of the Supreme Security Council President Vladimir Voronin said that it is necessary to pull together all the efforts in order to bring to account organizers of the mass riots.

"We, as the responsible power, must find a way out of this situation only on the basis of the Law, the Constitution and democratic standards. We must act with competence and transparently investigate the above events, in particular, prevent new riots and closely cooperate with society", he said.



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