By Greg Butterfield
January 20: Today the world saw images of protesters and police clashing inside the parliament building in Chisinau, capital of this former Soviet republic, located between Ukraine and Romania.
Pro-Western oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, who has pulled the strings of key government agencies behind the scenes for years, recently assembled a parliamentary majority allowing his Democratic Party to rule openly.
Plahotniuc’s plan was blessed by the United States and NATO member Romania on Monday, during a meeting between notorious U.S. State Department operative Victoria Nuland and President Klaus Iohannis.
Today, January 20, the vote took place; the new Prime Minister Pavel Filip and his cabinet were approved by 57 deputies. Deputies from the Party of Socialists (PSRM) attempted to block the vote; as a result, the majority violated procedure and approved the new government without the required questioning of candidates.
While protesters occupied the parliament, the majority deputies and the new cabinet were smuggled out a side door dressed as police! A leader of the so-called Liberal Party, part of Plahotniuc’s alliance, was allegedly roughed up by protesters outside. (as reported by moldnews.md)
Currently the protest continues outside the parliament. (Live video from Omega news agency: https://youtu.be/f7r2r-BMJ1Y )
Who are the protesters?
The leadership of the Communist Party (PCRM, headed by Vladimir Voronin), unfortunately, has played a treacherous role throughout, flirting with Plahotniuc and staying aloof from the protests. Some Communist Party deputies actually went over to Plahotniuc’s parliamentary coalition. Of course, many rank-and-file PCRM members are involved in the protests.
The trial of the Petrenko group began this week, and continued today even as the struggle was unfolding in the streets of Chisinau. It is urgent that these comrades be freed to return to leadership of the protest movement, to mobilizing the workers and anti-fascist youth, where they belong.