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Moldova: Thousands of protesters demand government resignation over rising energy prices

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Moldova: Thousands of protesters demand government resignation over rising energy prices

Several thousand people rallied in Moldova’s capital today to demand the resignation of the country’s pro-Western government, amid growing anger over soaring gas prices and inflation, Reuters reports.

Moldova has seen a rise in political tensions in recent months as gas prices have soared following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A Reuters reporter saw thousands of people protesting outside the Moldovan president’s official residence in central Chisinau, chanting slogans such as “down with (president) Maia Sandu” and “down with the government”.

Sandou has repeatedly condemned Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and is pushing for membership in the European Union. Her critics charge that she should have negotiated a better gas deal with Russia, Moldova’s main supplier.

On Friday, Moldova’s natural gas regulator raised prices by 27% for households.

About 10 tents were set up by protesters outside her residence in the afternoon.

Source: News Beast

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