Communists threaten with violence if a new unionist demonstration will take place in Moldova
New violence could happen during the next unionist demonstration which is due to take place in Moldova’s capital of Chisinau on September 16. The Communists group within the capital’s town hall warned that they will do everything possible to stop this demonstration. A group on Facebook announces that some 10,000 people are about to gather in Chisinau to demand reunification with Romania. They want reunion with Romania the way it was from 1918 to 1940 when Bessarabia was annexed to the Soviet Union without the will of the Romanians residing here.
The Communists are strongly against such a move and warn they will make sure the demonstration does not take place.
“Following the events in Balti city, it has been proved that the law enforcement authorities are not able to secure the public order. It is obvious that the so-called ‘reunification march’ on September 16 will end the same way as it ended in Balti – with massive disorder and violence,” the Communist Party said in a press release.
On August 5, 2012, a similar demonstration took place in Moldova’s second largest city of Balti. Some 600 policemen could hardly handle the tensions. Two major groups were present in the Central Square of the city. Some were part of the unionist group – “Action 2012” - which organized a peaceful march demanding reunification of Moldova with Romania.
The organizers of the demonstration - the “Action 2012” initiative group - said they want to restore part of the joint history between Moldova and Romania.
“We want to inform the politicians and citizens from both Romanian states, as well as on the international community, that the reunification of Moldova with Romania is an irreversible process because so many people want that. This fact is demonstrated by the recent survey organized in Romania which says that 90% of the Romanians want the reunification,” the group said in a press release.
The Moldovan society is quite divided when it comes to reunification with Romania. Some believe Moldova should re-unite with Romania as was the case from 1918 to 1940. Some think Moldova should not make themselves dependent on Romania or that Moldova should orient itself Eastward in hopes of restoring the former politics of the Soviet times. The anti-reunionist position is further reinforced by the reality that many Moldovans are Russian-speakers-only, and don’t have even a basic knowledge of the national language of Moldova – Romanian. Some are afraid that any attempts to get Moldova closer to Romania would involve forcing them to learn Romanian.