MEMORY OF APRIL EVENT VICTIMS VENERATED IN MOLDOVA AND ROMANIA
Chisinau. In 15 cities of the Republic of Moldova and Romania, manifestations were organized on Wednesday night to venerate the memory of the victims of the April 7-8 events in Chisinau.
In the Moldovan capital, hundreds of people came to the monument to Stefan cel Mare to mark 6 months from the tragic post-electoral events. They lit up candles and arranged them on the pavement as the word “dreptate” [“justice”].
The commemoration ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Vlad Filat, who said that the Ministry of the Interior has already started a domestic investigation into the police’s actions on April 7 and especially during subsequent days and weeks.
Moreover, he said, an ad hoc parliamentary commission will be set up next week that will carry out a detailed investigation of the events in concert with foreign experts from the European Commission and the Council of Europe. They are supposed to establish precisely the names of the organizers of the disturbances, who will be brought to responsibility.
Vlad Filat expressed condolences to Valeriu Boboc, whose son was killed in those days, according to yet unconfirmed data – due to brutal bruising at a police station.
The leader of an initiative group called “Against Tortures” Valentina Cusnir reminded to the audience that she had also been beaten up by cops, though they knew well she was a member of parliament then.
As Infotag has already reported, upon hearing the April 5 parliamentary election results, hundreds of discontented citizens, overwhelmingly the youth, came out into streets to express their disagreement with and protest against election result rigging by the ruling Moldovan Communist Party. The April 7 protesting rapidly developed into a siege and pogroms of the Parliament Building and presidential office. On that day, the police did not use force. However, already the following morning massive arrests began in the city, which, according to human rights watchdog organizations, led to the death of 4 persons, while several hundred were thrown into custody, where they were subjected to tortures and other methods of inhuman treatment. The Communist authorities accused the opposition of organizing the riots, but the opposition claimed all the disorders were the Communists’ job.