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Protesters clash with police at Moldova independence day parade

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Protesters clash with police at Moldova independence day parade

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Tensions boiled over during Moldova’s independence day parade, as protesters clashed with police in the capital.

Officers used tear gas to disperse anti-government demonstrators who had gathered in Chisinau *KISHENOW, calling for political change.

One protester explained:

“We decided to celebrate this day in this manner, because we do not at all feel free. People are poor, people leave the country…Those who have recently stolen a billion dollars from us, organise military parades, waste millions from the budget on it, which essentially means from our money in the time of crisis.”

Twenty-five years after declaring independence from the Soviet Union, the country is plagued by corruption, poverty and emigration.

The disappearance of nearly 1 billion euros from Moldovans banks has rocked people’s faith in politics and the country has seen five different prime ministers in the last year alone.

Anti-government protests have been gathering pace in the last year and many promised further protests in September.

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