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Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Students in Moldova protest Communist victory
Shotgun blogger Alina writes of her despondency at the recent win for the Communist Party in Moldova. But there's reason to feel a glimmer of hope and optimism: Students in Moldova aren't taking the victory for statism lying down, and have started a mass protest.
According to the BBC:
Students in Moldova have attacked the country's parliament in protest at the victory of the governing Communist Party in Sunday's general election.
Witnesses say crowds poured into the building through smashed ground-floor windows and shortly after hurled furniture out and set it alight...
At least part of the motivation for the protest is the belief that the election "was fradulent":
Representatives of opposition parties are among the protesters.
They believe the election result was fraudulent.
The Mayor of Chisinau, Dorin Chirtoaca, who is deputy head of the opposition Liberal Party, said the protests were justified "because people did not vote for the communists in such large numbers".
The communists won 50% of votes in the election declared "fair" by observers.
They were followed by the centre-right Liberal Party with almost 13% of the votes, and the Liberal Democratic Party with 12%.
Reports from the country say local television stations are off-air and the national radio station is broadcasting folk music.
No reports about the protest have been included in its radio news bulletins.
You read that right: they're playing folk music while parliament is besieged, and while other Moldovans are escaping their country for better opportunities and more freedom elsewhere in a "mass emigration". People are voting with their feet.
So keep your chins up, fellow anti-statist liberty-lovers, at least some young people in Moldova are clamoring for less state, and more freedom.
Any election that puts communists in power is fraudulent. You can't vote away fundamental rights, which is what some illiberal Moldovans have done. 51% of the population can’t, morally speaking, enslave the rest under any circumstances.
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-04-07 11:03:47 AM
I had to blog about this earlier ce matin... The scent of revolution is almost sweeter than the smell of spring to me.
Posted by: alina | 2009-04-07 11:17:14 AM
"The scent of revolution is almost sweeter than the smell of spring to me."
What a beautiful sentiment.
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-04-07 11:25:06 AM
and while other Moldovans are escaping their country for better opportunities and more freedom elsewhere in a "mass emigration". People are voting with their feet.
P.M. Jaworski on April 7, 2009
The place is a basket case. It has the lowest GDP of any country in Europe. In fact it's not a real country. It was created by numerous treaties. Merge it into Romania or the Ukraine. Thank goodness there are no direct airlinks to Canada.
Posted by: The Stig | 2009-04-07 12:58:56 PM
thank you for posting a real article about the situation in Moldova,
i could add:
- On april 5, voted also "dead people"
- A lot of ISP (internet providers) shutdown the internet for a lot of users, saying that they are having "technical problems"
- The violence was organized by the comunists (the autority) because there are one video with some police man that are preparing the stones for the Parlament buildings and a photo with a cop behind a boy that is protesting on the building of Presidency
Posted by: alex | 2009-04-08 11:00:11 AM
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