Petrenko: Retreat of protests helped Plahotniuc strengthen his dictatorship and the criminal, anti-people regime
March 26: The leader of the party Our Home is Moldova (Red Bloc), Grigory Petrenko, who is under house arrest, posted on Facebook a call to raise the people and resume the protests.
Grigory Petrenko issued his call for the resumption of protests through his lawyer, because after six months in prison and transfer to house arrest, the court still prohibits him and his comrades from using social networks. We publish Petrenko’s post unabridged:
Dear friends, first, I want to thank all of you for your support! For us, over the last six months and more, it was extremely important. Today, we continue to be under arrest. As you know, all kinds of illegal restrictions apply to us, as before; but no one, not even under these conditions, has a right to deny me or my comrades our fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to freedom of expression. That’s why, starting today, my thoughts on current political issues will appear on my Facebook page.
I want to start with a few comments on the eve of the march on March 27.
At a time when the protests have come to naught, and the so-called left-wing protest leaders are publicly engaged in squabbling over their differences, daily showering each other with crap, society has formed a strong opinion that the protests are exhausted. And they are exhausted, apparently, by the regime (read Plahotniuc), in complicity with those political leaders who recently stood shoulder to shoulder. It’s difficult for me to say, for example, how Igor Dodon [leader of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Molodva] differs from Renato Usatîi [mayor of Balti and leader of Our Party] and vice versa! With their infighting, both of them, whether they like it or not, not only help Plahotniuc stay afloat, but also strengthen his dictatorship, his criminal anti-people regime.
As soon as the opposition leaders began to forget their revolutionary slogans to overthrow the mafia in power and for the country’s liberation from Plahotniuc and began to prepare for presidential elections under the puppeteer’s illegal “rules,” in the backgroun other forces with radically different ideas and slogans began to grow stronger. No matter how sad it is to admit, the retreat of the anti-oligarchic and anti-corruption protests could turn the Unionist groups into the new revolutionary force, which in the eyes of many would appear capable of accomplishing the overthrow of the anti-popular regime. [Translator’s note: Unionist groups unionist groups advocate Moldova’s absorption by NATO member Romania.]
And this is not the worst scenario for Plahotniuc. When properly implemented, he would not only remain in power, but also go down in history as fulfilling the “historic mission of Union.” That’s why he sponsors this project, puts Unionists on all his media channels, provides the National Palace for a meeting of the so-called “Sfatul Ţării,” and ordered people employed by state-owned enterprises and institutions to join their march. The Constitutional Court in his pocket is ready at any moment to go to the front of the stage, to declare that the new Union Act is not unconstitutional.
At this time, some continue squabbling among themselves. Some continue to believe that the captured state can be freed by presidential elections. Some continue to think you can win against the criminals in power playing by their rules.
No dictatorship ever fell due to defeat in parliamentary or presidential elections. Because under the dictatorship their cannot be free and fair elections. In history, anti-people regimes fell only by the pressure of the masses, only through revolution. And Moldova can’t be an exception.
Yes, there is a solution. All opposition forces should return as soon as possible to a common agenda of protest! It is necessary to raise the people! Do not give Plahotniuc and his regime any chance, not a single day’s respite!
I hope that this appeal will be taken seriously.
PLH – FSO !!!
Translated by Greg Butterfield