Protesters set up camp in Moldova capital over graft scandal

Tents pitched in main square in Chisinau as protesters demand answers over missing $1.5 billion

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Protesters in Chisinau demonstrate against corruption

Moldovans have gathered in the capital city Chisinau, setting up tents in a main city square as they demand answers over a corruption scandal that has shaken the former Soviet country.

Around 80 tents were pitched on Monday after tens of thousands demonstrated over the weekend.

The protesters, who were organised by the Dignity and Justice movement, have vowed not to leave the square until the government explains the case known as the “lost billions.”

They are also demanding the resignation of President Nicolae Timofti, the central bank governor and the general prosecutor among others.

Around $1.5 billion disappeared from the Unibank, Banca Sociala and Banca de Economii banks ahead of the November 2014 parliamentary elections before the banks were placed in administration.

While the whereabouts of the finances remains a mystery, the losses were compensated from state reserves.

A leaked parliamentary report previously made the claim that the money was channelled to Russian banks.

According to the BBC, most of the money had passed through British companies.

"Our protest action will go on non-stop. People will go from here only when our demands are met," Dignity and Justice movement leader Valentin Dolganiuc told the Reuters news agency.

Wedged between Ukraine and Romania, Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe with the average family earning just $300 a month.


TRTWorld and agencies