Thousands of people rallied in Moldova’s capital on Sunday for the second weekend in a row to demand the resignation of the pro-Western government. The demands came amid growing public anger over the increase in natural gas prices and inflation.
The tiny eastern European country, which sits between Ukraine and Romania, has been experiencing political tensions in recent months, while gas prices have continued to soar in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
A reporter Reuters estimates there were about 5,000 people outside the official residence of President Maia Sandu – fewer than the crowd recorded on Sunday (18/9).
The demonstrators chanted “Maia Sandu resign,” and “Government resign” at the rally.
The protests are the biggest since Sandu won the 2020 election by running an anti-corruption campaign. But the demonstrations did not immediately threaten the president and his government.
Sandu has repeatedly criticized Russia’s actions in Ukraine. He also encouraged Moldova to immediately join the European Union, which had provided the ex-Soviet nation with enormous assistance. [vm/jm]