Moldovan Communists hold anti-EU rally
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||23 November 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Moldovan Communists hold anti-EU rally, 23 November 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/52e6592b11.html [accessed 21 October 2016]|
|Disclaimer||This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.|
November 23, 2013
Thousands of Moldovans have marched in the capital, Chisinau, against the country moving closer to the European Union.
In a rally organized by the Communist Party on November 23, at least 5,000 mainly elderly people chanted antigovernment and pro-Russian slogans to protest the Moldovan government's intention to initial an Association Agreement with the EU at a summit in Lithuania next week.
Communist leader and former President Vladimir Voronin said Moldova "should follow in Ukraine's footsteps" and halt talks with Brussels on closer cooperation.
On November 21, Ukraine announced that it would not sign an Association Agreement with the EU.
About 1,500 people attended a Communist-led rally at the main government building in Chisinau on November 22.
Moldova is one of six countries belonging to the EU's Eastern Partnership program.
Based on reporting by AP and ITAR-TASS