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CHISINAU, October 15. /TASS/. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Moldova’s capital to join the protests organized by the opposition Party of Socialists and Our Party. Two columns are moving along Chisinau’s main boulevard to the parliament building, where lawmakers gathered for the first meeting during the autumn and winter session, leader of Our Party Renato Usatii told TASS.
"We intend to demand the resignation of several Cabinet members and will not leave the protest site until this requirement is met," Usatii said.
The protesters accompanied by the police are carrying posters with the inscriptions "Return the Billion," "Down with the Alliance," "No to Anti-Popular Policies." Reinforced police squads can be seen near the parliament building.
Leader of the Party of Socialists Igor Dodon earlier said that the protests would be peaceful. "The parliament will be surrounded, but demonstrators will not enter the building. The requirements will be handed over by our representatives," said the leader of the Party of Socialists, who controls the largest parliamentary faction.
Socialists and Communists earlier voted in parliamentary commissions for putting on the agenda the issues of dismissing the heads of the Prosecutor-General’s Office, Information and Security Service, National Center on Fighting Corruption, Central Election Commission and National Bank. However, Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu rejected the proposals at the government session. The opposition also insists on the resignation of President Nicolae Timofti and Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet and on dissolving the parliament. Oppositionists say Moldova is "a country seized by oligarchs.".