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Moldova: protesters storm Parliament


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Moldova: protesters storm Parliament

  • Protesters storm Moldovan Parliament
  • Pro-EU government approved
  • Russian opposition boycotted the vote

The news

Hundreds of protesters storm police lines to get into the parliament building in Moldova.

Their anger over missing public funds erupted as a new pro-European government was approved to end months of political deadlock.

Protesters waved the Moldovan flag and chanted “cancel the vote” outside the parliament building as politicians met inside.

Police arrived and forced the protesters back.

Tear gas was reportedly used.

Parliament approved the pro-European government of former technology minister Pavel Filip with 57 votes out of a total of 101.

He has promised closer ties with Europe.

The pro-Russian opposition boycotted the vote.

The context

Moldova is one of Europe’s poorest countries.

It has been shaken by protests since 915 million euros mysteriously disappeared from its banking system in 2014.

The previous government was dismissed in October due to a corruption scandal.

What they are saying

Describing the scene

Protesters’ voices

“It is a mockery to form a government responsible for our lives and destiny in such a short time, while seeing so many gathered outside the windows and walls of parliament. They have humiliated us!”

“We are not satisfied with the members or how this government was formed. They act like bandits, not members of parliament.”

Calling for calm

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