Moldovans defy police repression, protest oligarchy on 25th anniversary of independence

#NuMăTem: Moldovans mark 25 years of independence with protests on national square

August 27: The parade held by the authorities on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Moldova was met with protests. People came to the Grand National Assembly Square to denounce the regime in the #NuMăTem campaign.

People are chanting: “Shame,” “Down with the dictatorship,” “Down with the mafia,” “Thieves,” etc. However, they cannot enter the Grand National Assembly Square. They are blocked by police cordons. 

While citizens shouted “Down with the Mafia and down with dictatorship,” representatives of the country’s leadership, protected by thousands of police, laid flowers at the monument of Stefan cel Mare [Stefan the Great].

Meanwhile, citizens who want to enter the square, as well as foreign citizens and journalists, are carefully checked at control points established by the police.

Double the usual number of police were deployed in the city and the ranks were strengthened with armed policemen wearing masks.

Recall that thousands of police have been pulled into the center of the capital to protect the authorities at the parade for the Independence Day of the Republic of Moldova on Saturday, August 27. Police formed a human shield and blocked traffic and access to the Grand National Assembly Square. It is unclear what justified such stringent security measures.

Saturday, August 27, marks the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Moldova. On this occasion, in the midst of an economic, financial and political crisis, the regime decided to organize a grand celebration with a military parade and a number of expensive events.

At the same time, many citizens reported on social networks that they will celebrate the anniversary of our state in another way – by going to anti-government protests on the Grand National Assembly Square to tell the authorities #NuMăTem (I’m not afraid).

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“Gas,” a gift from the government on Independence Day

August 27 marks the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Moldova. On this occasion, in the midst of an economic, financial and political crisis, the regime decided to organize a grand celebration with a military parade and a number of costly activities. 

However, the solemn parade organized by the authorities in the Grand National Assembly Square, took place almost without people, but was guarded by thousands of police officers who blocked access to the area.

Hundreds of citizens came to express their protest against the actions of the authorities in the campaign #NuMăTem. 

Victim of police tear-gas attack.
Photo: Ana Ursachi
The police did not allow them to go to the area of the square, forming a human shield on the perimeter in front of the government, and used tear gas against the protesters, who chanted: “Plahotniuc, do not forget your home is prison,” “Down with the mafia” and “Down with the dictatorship!” 
Translated by Greg Butterfield

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