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CHISINAU, December 05, /ITAR-TASS/. The Moldovan opposition condemned the decision of the Chisinau authorities to observe on May 9 Europe Day rather than Victory Day on which thousands of people gather in the city‘s main square every year. This is said in a statement of the Renastere-Vozrojdenie [Renaissance] Party circulated on Wednesday.
“We will not permit denying war veterans their sacred day, Victory Day,” Vadim Mishin, leader of the Renastere Party, chairman of the parliamentary commission for national minorities, told Itar-Tass. He described the decision of Chisinau mayor Dorin Chirtoaca as “provocative and ill-considered,”
At the latest meeting of the municipal council Chirtoaca decreed drafting documents to legalise Europe Day at the municipal level. “Now that Moldova initialed the association agreement with the EU, it must make Europe Day an official holiday, even if on May 9. Chisinau must show that it is a European capital,” he said. This means that the celebration of Victory Day will he held away from the city’s main square, at Military Glory Memorial “Eternitate” (“Eternity”) or in some other place, he noted.
The concert organized by the Russian embassy for Victory Day this year attracted over 40,000 people from across Moldova. Then supporters of Moldova’s unification with Romania demanded that May 9 should be observed only as “the day of commemoration of the fallen soldiers.