More than 10,000 people reportedly took to the streets in the Moldovan capital Chisinau because the country’s pro-Western government failed to negotiate a better energy deal with Russia.
In more and more countries in Europe, the displeasure of the population is stirring about the sharp rise in energy and food prices. The protest potential continues to grow, even in one of the poorest countries on the European continent, Moldova. The former Soviet republic is facing high inflation as a result of the energy crisis, which is increasingly driving people onto the streets.
On Sunday, up to 20,000 people reportedly took to the streets in the Moldovan capital Chisinau to protest against the pro-Western government’s policies. The largest anti-government protests in years illustrate the potential for unrest in the country of around 3.5 million inhabitants, in the east of which lies the pro-Russian breakaway republic of Transnistria. A so-called “frozen conflict” that has divided the country for many years.
The demonstrators have already set up a tent city in the capital’s government district and have announced they will not leave until the pro-Western government of President Maia Sandu declares Prime Minister Natalia Gavriliţa’s resignation. However, government supporters have accused the demonstrators, including the oligarch Ilan Shor to have been paid, who is also the leader of the Shor party and faces various charges.
The President said on national television that she hopes Gazprom will not stop supplying gas to the country. Because it is not only difficult to find gas, but above all affordable gas.
If the government fails to get the problem of skyrocketing energy costs under control, protests are likely to spread and the country’s political stability may be threatened.