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Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

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20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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Moldovan opposition urges EU, USA to help stop "abuses"

The leaders of the Liberal Party, the Liberal Democratic Party and the Our Moldova Alliance have asked the EU and the USA "to get involved and put an end to abuses committed by the ruling Communist Party against citizens".
INFOTAG, 12 April 2009, 15:23

Chisinau, April 12 ( INFOTAG ). On Saturday, April 11, the three opposition leaders met ambassadors of the EU member states, followed by a meeting with US Ambassador to Moldova Asif J. Chaudhry.

According to a press release by the Liberal Democratic Party, the opposition informed the foreign diplomats about the social and political situation in Moldova after the April 5 parliamentary elections.

"The leaders of the Liberal Party, the Liberal Democratic Party and the Moldova Noastra Alliance drew the attention of Western diplomats to the unprecedented actions undertaken by the Communist authorities. Hundreds of young people have been arrested and severely beaten. They faced trial without legal procedure being observed. Domestic and foreign journalists are attacked on the streets. They are being arrested, assaulted, while foreign journalists are being expelled from Moldova. The independent mass media are being obstructed, while public access to information is blocked," the statement by the Liberal Democratic Party says.

Also on Saturday, Liberal Democratic Party leader Vlad Filat had a meeting with Ukrainian ambassador to Moldova Sergey Pirozhkov and informed him about "the terror climate established in society by the authorities, with the help of the power wielding ministries and court".

DORIN CHIRTOACA: INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL AT THE HAGUE SHOULD INVESTIGATE COMMUNISTS' CRIMES

Chisinau, April 12 ( INFOTAG ). Crimes committed by the Communists should be investigated by the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague, Chisinau mayor and deputy leader of the Liberal Party, Dorin Chirtoaca, told a protest rally staged by the opposition in the centre of Chisinau on Sunday afternoon.

Infotag's special correspondent reported from the scene of the events that Chirtoaca blamed the Communists for the ransacking of the parliament building and the presidential administration on April 7. He also accused the authorities of maltreating the youths arrested in the wake of the mass riots.

"The youths decided to participate in peaceful protest rallies because they realized that their future is being stolen. But the Communists took advantage of the rallies in order to compromise the very idea of protests," he said.

Chirtoaca stated that all regimes which resort to crimes finish in a lamentable way.

"The history of the Communist regime will end in the same way because God sees everything," Chirtoaca said.

According to Chirtoaca, the youths are scared after the latest arrests, therefore, many of them decided not to participate in today's rally. "But they still pin hope on a European future for their country", he said.

The Chisinau mayor called on protesters to gather evidence about every case when citizens are being maltreated in order to be able to later sue the Communists, including in international courts.

Chirtoaca called on the authorities to stop maltreating the youths in police commissariats and to release all the arrested people.

Infotag's note: About 10,000 people are protesting in Chisinau's central square against the arrest of hundreds of people who participated in the April 7 mass riots. The rally is organized by the three opposition parties which made it to parliament after the 5 April parliamentary election, but which will hold a minority there. The opposition accuses the Communists of rigging the election outcome.

LDPM LEADER CALLS ON PROTESTERS TO SPEAK TRUTH ABOUT EVENTS IN CHISINAU

Chisinau, April 12 ( INFOTAG ). The leader of the LDPM, Vlad Filat, has called upon participants in the Sunday protest rally in Chisinau to send true information to their raions about the state of affairs in Chisinau.

He said that the authorities, using the mass media loyal to them, are trying to misinform the public by saying that the opposition tried to organize a coup d'etat.

"As a matter of fact, provocateurs were inculcated into the ranks of peaceful protesters and they organized disorders. The Communists used our children as a shield for promoting their own interests," he said.

Filat said that fear rather than the Communists rules now Moldova.

"The more severely they beat us, the stronger we shall become", he remarked.

The LDPM leader said that Moldovan citizens want to live in a European state and to have a European future.

"We were numerous and we protested before the elections, but it seems that we were not numerous enough, otherwise the Communists would have acted in a different way", Filat underlined.

He called upon citizens not to give up to fear and to lose hope for a better future.

"We are currently verifying the lists of voters, consulting European organizations and hope that we shall be able to bring the country back to the democratic way of development", Filat concluded.

SERAFIM URECHEAN: COMMUNISTS NOT OPPOSITION ATTEMPTED TO CARRY OUT COUP D'ETAT IN MOLDOVA

Chisinau, April 12 ( INFOTAG ). The leader of the opposition Moldova Noastra Alliance, Serafim Urechean, told a protest rally held in Moldovan capital Chisinau on Sunday that "it was the Communists rather than the opposition who tried to carry out a coup d'etat in Moldova" on April 7.

Urechean said that the April 6-7 mass riots in Chisinau have been plotted by the ruling Communist Party which was trying to divert people's attention from the serious problems faced by Moldova.

"They are trying to divert attention from their silly and irresponsible governance which has brought Moldova to the brink of bankruptcy," Urechean said.

He also said that the opposition and society have enough evidence proving that the parliament building and the presidential administration were stormed on the Communists' order.

According to Urechean, the Communists have taken advantage of the riots to move Moldova away from the EU and worsen relations with neighbouring Romania. The ruling Communist Party has put on Romania part of the blame for the riots. As a result the Romanian ambassador to Moldova has been expelled and visas for Romanian citizens have been introduced.

"Now the Communists are trying to establish an iron curtain between Moldova and the EU, in particular in relations with Romania. But we will not allow this to happen," Urechean said.

He also said that through their actions the Communists are widening the gap between the two banks of the Dniester river, compromising the idea of Moldova's integration with its breakaway Transnistrian region.

Infotag's note: About 10,000 people are protesting at Chisinau's central square against the arrest of hundreds of people who participated in the April 7 mass riots. The rally is organized by the three opposition parties which made it to parliament after the 5 April parliamentary election, but which will have a minority there. The opposition accuses the Communists of rigging the election outcome.



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