- Protesters storm Moldovan Parliament
- Pro-EU government approved
- Russian opposition boycotted the vote
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.
Moldova background:— reported.ly (@reportedly) January 20, 2016
-Vote boycotted by pro-Russians
-Pavel Filip, pro-EU, now PM
-One of Europe’s poorest countries pic.twitter.com/kgnv7aCuqi
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
Dramatic,chaotic situation in Moldova-not clear:for whom and against whom are protesting people. The lack of social trust is a key challenge— Michał Boni (@MichalBoni) January 20, 2016
“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
EU Calls on All Parties in Moldova to Engage in Dialogue Amid Protests https://t.co/USqmwB0Kls— global news (@globnewsen) January 20, 2016
Claims of biased reporting
I'm noticing that pro-Russian twitter accounts appear quite supportive of this crowd in front of #Moldova parliament.— Evgen Vorobiov (@vorobyov) January 20, 2016