5 years ago, on April 7, Moldova passed through a series of protests that became history. This memorable event was a result of the nation’s discontent regarding the Communist Party’s victory at the general elections, on April 5. People claimed that the votes were fraudulent, asked for a recount and eventually, new elections.
There are more scenarios concerning the events of April 7, 2009. It all started on April 6, with a flash-mob. And the next day, about 30 000 protesters gathered in Chisinau. The demonstration transformed soon into a riot. Rioters attacked the parliament building and presidential office, breaking windows, setting furniture on fire and stealing property.
There is still a veil of mystery on the identity of the instigators. However, we do know for sure that there were a lot of victims: beaten students and youngsters who were striving for a new political régime. People who were fighting for a better life and complaining about the election’s results, suffered because of their thirst for democracy.
The last few months we’ve witnessed the situation of our Ukrainian neighbors, also standing up for their European path. We are grateful that the Communist Party drew away on time and the violence didn’t get worse.
After this civil unrest, Moldova’s political situation continued to be rather complicated. Subsequently, we got into the World Records Guiness Book as the country with the longest period without a president. Finally, on March 16, 2012, Nicolae Timofti became president of the Republic of Moldova.