Revolution in Moldova
April 7, 2009 9:24 PM Subscribe
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Following the 5 April parliamentary election results
in the Republic of Moldova, in which the Partidul Comuniștilor din Republica Moldova
won nearly 50%
of the vote, thousands of young people began a series
largely organized through Twitter
, text messaging, and FaceBook.
The protests quickly reached a boiling point
early today, when Parliament was stormed. Much of the coverage
in the European press
is limited to Romanian-language
reporting. Some of the most
and video clips,
Smaller groups of people across Romania, including Bucharest,
have shown their support for the anti-communist protests in Basarabia,
as the Republic of Moldova is often referred to in Romanian. Recent reports have also indicated that buses carrying supporters from Romania into Moldova, as well as Moldovans attempting to enter the capital, Chișinau,
are being turned away.
Moldova’s current president, Vladimir Voronin, believes that there was an attempted coup d’état.
The EU’s foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, has also weighed in
on the events.
The Eurasia Daily Monitor
offers insightful coverage
pieces on the politics
of the region. The wikipedia article
on the Republic of Moldova, despite arguments over the official language of Moldova and recent nomenklatura changes by the Voronin government, is quite in-depth. The article on the breakaway region of Transnistria
is also useful for understanding the Russian response
to the recent events.