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March 5, 2021

Romania, not involved in Chisinau protests

The president of the Moldovan commission that investigated the events, communist Vladimir Turcan, said there is no hard evidence to prove Romania got involved in staging the April 7 anti-government protests of Chisinau. Acting President Vladimir Voronin repeatedly accused Romania of being involved in the so-called coup after the general elections of April 5, a charge Bucharest denied.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton sent a message to Voronin asking him to analyze how people detained after the protests were treated. “We, in the US, share your vision of a democratic, intact Moldova, protected by the limits of internationally recognized borders,” Clinton wrote in the message, which was posted on the website of the Moldovan presidency on Monday, according to Antena 3. The US condemns the violence that took place immediately after the legislative elections, she said, underlining that Moldovan authorities have to probe allegations of torture and abuse against anti-communist protesters detained last month. Authorities will also have to investigate how journalists and civil society representatives were treated, she said.

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