Three employees of ‘Lucian Blaga’ High School in Tiraspol detained by militia for five hours

Ion Iovcev, principal of ‘Lucian Blaga’ High School in Tiraspol, the high school accountant, and the driver who were detained Wednesday at noon by the Transdnistrian militia at the entry point into the region, as they were returning to Chisinau, have been released. The three men were headed to Chisinau to pick up wages for the high school staff. Upon return, they were detained at Tighina (Bender) border and accused of smuggling because the amount of money they had in their possession was higher than allowed by law. In early January, authorities in Tiraspol froze the accounts owned by the high school, which is under the authority of Chisinau. Principal Iovcev described what he and his colleagues experienced as a horror film. The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry has publicly criticized the arrest of the three employees of ‘Lucian Blaga’ High School in Tiraspol, while calling attention upon the fact that the eight Latin-alphabet-using schools in the region have constantly been the subject of intimidation and harassment since early December 2013. In turn, President Traian Basescu expressed “deep concern” regarding this incident, deeming the treatment of Romanian schools in Transdniester unacceptable.

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