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Moldovan Anger Over 1 Billion-Euro Theft Finally Reaches Boiling Point. Now What?

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CHISINAU -- Dozens of tents have been set up in the center of the Moldovan capital following a street protest that drew tens of thousands as public frustration over rampant corruption has reached the boiling point.
 
But the question of what comes next remains unanswered.
 
"Until their demands are met, the protesters say they will not leave the square," says journalist Natalie Morari, who writes a blog for RFE/RL's Moldovan Service. "They will remain on the square and they are not willing to compromise."
 
The September 6 protest -- which dwarfed even the 2009 uprising that brought down Moldova's Communist government -- was the biggest in the country's post-Soviet history. Organized by a public organization called Dignity and Truth (DA), the demonstrators have demanded the resignation of Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti and the heads of various financial agencies responsible for combating corruption -- as well as early parliamentary elections to be held in March.
 
They are also calling for the direct election of the president, who is now elected by a two-thirds majority of the parliament.
 

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Moldovan Anger Over 1 Billion-Euro Theft Finally Reaches Boiling Point. Now What?

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