CHISINAU, September 28. /TASS/. The number of tents put up by demonstrators in Moldova’s capital has risen beyond 500, but police officers have made no moves to restrict the activists’ demonstration.
Downtown Chisinau is divided between supporters of the civic platform Dignity and Justice (DA), who have set up tents in the city’s main square, and Moldova’s opposition Party of Socialists and Our Party members camping out near parliament and agriculture ministry buildings.
"Several deputies of parliament from the Party of Socialists regularly stay overnight in tents near the legislature. We maintain orderly. Everything is absolutely lawful," Socialist lawmaker Ion Ceban told TASS on Monday.
On Sunday, Moldova’s Socialists alongside Our Party staged a mass rally in Chisinau’s national square. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched down the capital's central boulevard to parliament demanding the president's resignation and early elections after a mass embezzlement scandal of a missing $1billion.
Moldova’s opposition leaders, who have been holding large-scale protests in central Chisinau since early September, have called Nicolae Timofti a "puppet" president and the leaders of the ruling Alliance for European Integration "chief oligarchs".
After Sunday’s demonstration, the protesters adopted a resolution entitled "Three Steps to Moldova’s Recovery". The first step envisages the resignation of heads of the prosecutor general’s office, the Information and Security Service, the Supreme Court of Justice, the National Anti-Corruption Centre, the Audit Chamber, the Central Election Commission, the Coordination Council on Television and Radio and the Moldova 1 national television station.
The second step foresees the lifting of immunity from all those responsible for widespread embezzlement along with the resignation of President Timofti and Prime Minister Valery Strelets.
The resolution says snap parliamentary elections are to be held by the spring of 2016. Protest leaders vowed rallies would be held non-stop until all their demands were satisfied.