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Supporters of detained Moldovan opposition leader preparing for protest

October 24, 2015, 5:12 UTC+3 CHISINAU
The leader of Moldova’s Socialist Party Igor Dodon who set up a tent camp outside the parliament together with Usatii has announced his plans to join the protests and support the politician
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CHISINAU, October 24. /TASS/. The supporters of detained leader of Moldova’s opposition Our Party Renato Usatii will stage a protest on Saturday demanding to release him, an activist of the party has told reporters.

"In the morning, the activists of Our Party will demand the immediate release of our leader. We will march down the city streets to the National Anti-Corruption Center where he will be questioned," one of the supporters said.

The calls to launch the protests have been posted on the pages of Usatii and his supporters in social networks.

The leader of Moldova’s Socialist Party Igor Dodon who set up a tent camp outside the parliament together with Usatii has announced his plans to join the protests and support the politician.

Police are also preparing for the events. The buses with police officers have been sent to the parliament building and the number of special task force members near the tent camp has been increased.

So far, the situation at the tent camp is calm.

Our Party together with the Socialist Party have been holding protest in downtown Moldovan capital Chisinau for more than a month. The opposition has accused the country’s authorities of corruption and demands their resignation and early elections.

Usatii was detained at Chisinau’s international airport on Friday upon arrival from Moscow. The Moldovan politician is suspected of violating privacy of correspondence after he had published on his Facebook page 15 audio records of telephone conversations.

These are allegedly the conversations between businessman Ilan Shor and Vlad Filat, former prime minister and the leader the Liberal-Democratic party. Filat was arrested last week on charges of corruption and involvement in the large-scale theft from the country’s banking system.

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