Moldovan police regain control of parliament, president’s office

photo_verybig_1025343CHISINAU, April 8  – Moldovan police regained on Tuesday night control of the president’s office and the parliament, which were seized and ransacked during a protest on Tuesday against the election victory of the ruling Communist Party, Reuters reports from the Moldovan capital.

The buildings are surrounded by crack police units. Demonstrators left central Chisinau during the night. Meanwhile, representatives of opposition parties told Reuters that they intend to resume actions of protests on a larger scale. For that they intend to bring their allies on buses from rural regions of the country. 

They say they will continue protests until a new parliamentary election is called. The opposition demands a review of the outcome of the April 5 election won by the ruling Party of Communists.

The leaders of the opposition Liberal Party of Moldova and the Liberal Democratic Party have turned down an offer of the authorities to recount votes.

Anti-communist demonstrators stormed on Tuesday Moldova’s parliament, hurling computers through windows and torching furniture to protest the elections they said were fraudulent. One woman died and about a hundred people were hurt after protesters ransacked offices of President Vladimir Voronin and looted parliament.

Election observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the CIS and some other international organizations described the April 5 elections as free and democratic.

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