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Moldova's protesters form groups to protect themselves from police

October 05, 2015, 20:35 UTC+3 CHISINAU
The Dignity and Truth (DA) civic platform's leaders declared Moldova "a country seized by oligarchs" and seek the resignation of the country's top officials and the organization of early elections
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CHISINAU, October 5. /TASS/. The Dignity and Truth (DA) civic platform whose activists pitched their tents on Chisinau’s central square and seek the resignation of the authorities, is creating an informal structure to protect demonstrators and maintain order in the camp, one of the platform’s leaders Vasily Nastase told TASS on Monday.

The People’s Guard will include former representatives of the law enforcement agencies and veterans of the armed conflicts on the Dniester and in Afghanistan who will protect the participants in the protests from the police," Nastase said. "Unfortunately, today law enforcers protect the junta, not the people."

The platform’s leaders declared Moldova "a country seized by oligarchs" and seek the resignation of the country's top officials and the organization of early elections. Nastase said that "the demonstrators would continue to pursue their objectives by legal means," adding that the clashes with the police and "possible victims only play into the hands of the authorities, which may declare a state of emergency in the country and refuse to resign." However, during yesterday’s protests the first clashes occurred, with demonstrators throwing stones at the police, but the organizers managed to quell the crowd.

Nastase noted that the protesters’ camp in central Chisinau was still standing in spite of the approaching cold weather. "We will not freeze people who are likely to go home, but some of them will be on duty here around the clock. This is our fortress," he noted.

October 6 will mark one month since the platform’s activists pitched the tents and went over to non-stop protests. Today the center of Moldova’s capital has turned into a tent city, which the DA platform has to share with the opposition Socialist Party and Our Party. They have similar requirements regarding the government‘s resignation and snap elections. DA activists are committed to the European integration, while the socialists and Our Party are in favor of strengthening Moldova’s statehood and the Eurasian geopolitical vector.

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