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Not a happy hour!

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A tear on my cheek, I am quiet, everyone is quiet today... A day when the country might see no democracy or changes for the next 4 years. We expected with elections to get new people to lead, to be able to have a better cooperation between countries and opened boundaries...

We expected the opposition to get more votes... But nothing is changed. They got more!
Question: was it a fair election? How? Who dared? As people talk... who went to vote? Olld people who still daydream about Soviet Time returning back were the first ones to vote early in the morning. They were pleased that today's government raised their pension. It is about 50 $ now a month... Let's not forget, the military forces, doctors, Russian majority speakers, all voted for they have had "Stability" for 8 years. Haw many more frauds were done? Police academy, voted the REDS because they were promised to get 2 days out of school! Roma minority - all voting for communism.

And many mores just though "why not... If we give chance for the others they will start stealing and gaining again, so let's keep the one who gained enough - and maybe will make things better this time".

Had to drive 3 hours in order to vote - hoped to see a change - really believed in it - many did!
And we all know many tried to vote this time, more than in the past...

Today - April the 6th is the mourning day for many young people! Today Action Day will bring all those who voted against Communist Party - they will light a candle and go downtown in a silent protest!!!

Silent? Silent! Many voices are silent today! Many mourns as we loos identity, national pride, opportunities...

PARADOX: Communism chosen in a democratic way...
But who counts the frauds?
Who cares?
Where do we go?
I was fighting myself and hoping to the best...
More ways of migrations...
Time to run away...
Time to prostitute...

How much would I like to wake up from this nightmare...

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JaniceW's picture

Thank you, Victoria

From the other side of the world, it is difficult for me to fully grasp the situation in Moldova. Is it the communists versus the opposition, or the old school versus the young generation? From the reports I have read, the protests do seem to split down the generational divide. I would love to hear more about what your generation were hoping for in terms of reforms. Were you looking for closer ties to Romania, hoping that would help the economy? So many of us have little knowledge of your country so I would love for you to share your thoughts and hopes. Thinking of you,
Janice

Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

reflection is in action

The recent events that took place in Moldova made me think about the basic human rights which are neglected by the communist regime in an attempt to consolidate it’s power after the obviously rigged ellections. As I followed the news on different TV channels, newspapers and also social networks and internet sites, I made a group of videos, news and photos that might interest you.
• Militia prepares rocks while protestants revolt - part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0ELDAA6rD4
• Militia prepares rocks while protestants revolt - part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04kxTmDszRM&feature=related
• Man who provoked fights with the police for the regime to blame the protesters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8VttbDbtFk and also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxgnh0OgTVA
• The police assists provokers who raise the EU flag over the Parliament building. This is used by President Vladimir Voronin to accuse Romania http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/1069/uitecomunistul.jpg
• Activist Charged for Inciting 'Twitter Revolution' http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/04/activist-charge.html
• Moldovan government attacking journalists, reporter says (CNN) http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/04/10/moldova.journalists/index...
• Organisers of peaceful demonstration blamed for violence in Moldova (Amnesty International) http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/news/organizers-peaceful-demo...
• In “unfair and dangerous” move, Moldova denies entry to 18 Romanian journalists (Reporters Without Borders) http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=30794
I warn you that the following 3 videos will be shocking
• Ill-treated victim: “I thought I won’t get out of it alive” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGo61r5suGc with the translation here: http://shorttext.com/12wdoi8v
• Shocking testemonies of the arrested victims http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvWZ9Ys4kWk with the translation here http://shorttext.com/zyt75k9 (this translation is not complete, it has four gaps marked by { } with instructions for romanian speakers)
• Policemen kidnap and beat young people on the streets http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI25PKfp084
I also inform you that President Voronin tries to recount the votes after another recounting that made the communist party lose one seat in the Parliament, so it is now unable to elect the President by it’s own.
Thank you for your time and consideration.

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
WorldPulse Media Corresspondent

By RALPH PETERS

DON'T feel bad if you can't find Moldova on a map. Our president can't find it, either.

Our befuddled secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, could find Moldova, if she wanted to. But she doesn't want to. Because that would mean facing up to Russian mischief.

And everybody knows the Russians are going to be our bestest-bestest friends, like forever, dude. They really mean it this time.

Anyway, why should we care about an impoverished state the size of a cattle ranch where a population of barely 4 million survives on a per-capita income of $2,500?

Why should the Obama administration care about people struggling to regain their snatched-away freedom and to unseat a Communist government that came to power in murky elections -- then blatantly rigged recent voting to keep control?

Why care about hundreds of pro-freedom demonstrators beaten in the streets and jailed in cells once run by the KGB? Obama's congressional intimates are busy flying to Havana to adore the Castro brothers. (So much for the pro-democracy Cubans rotting in Fidel's prisons: Guantanamo bad; Cuban torture chambers? Viva la revolucion!).

A smudge at the edge of Europe, Moldova is a victim of history. Stalin hacked most of its territory from Romania (most Moldovans long to rejoin their motherland) and the rest from Ukraine. The Soviets then used it as an agricultural fief, unwilling to industrialize a border region.

As the Soviet Union collapsed, Moscow's security services saw Moldova as a crucial outpost that must not be relinquished: It marked the USSR's border with Europe, which the likes of Vladimir Putin would resurrect.

So the KGB and its successors armed and guided a separatist movement in eastern Moldova, on the left bank of the strategic Dniester River. "Transnistria" would serve as a future Russian bridgehead (and a goldmine of corruption in the interim).

Moldova's post-independence lot was tough in other ways, too. Its humble agricultural exports were produced on land poisoned by Soviet farming methods. Its wine, although prized back in the USSR, won't threaten Napa Valley.

Under Putin, Moldova's top exports were banned from the vital Russian market, devastating the economy. Electricity, supplied through breakaway Transnistria, was disconnected repeatedly.

Russian natural-gas supplies were cut off in the dead of winter. And the Communists who returned to power in Chisinau, the threadbare capital city, in 2001? Amid wild corruption, government officials have been accused of white-slaving Moldovan women to the Middle East.

So much for national pride.

The people of Moldova want to be part of the West, to join the European Union. The population's over 80 percent Romanian and fiercely anti-Russian. (The region once hosted a wonderful Jewish culture, but we all know what Hitler and Stalin did to that.)

Communist "President" Vladimir Voronin blames Romania, not Russia, for all Moldova's suffering. The people know better and want Vononin gone. But Russia's new czar, Vladimir Putin, backs Voronin. So the Obama administration ignores the demonstrations, the brutality and the unlawful imprisonments.

After all, if we don't give a damn about Putin's thugs murdering Russian dissidents at home and abroad, why should we care about Moldovans getting beaten or raped by their government? Repeat after me: "The Russians are our friends. And friends have to overlook each other's little quirks."

A quarter of Moldova's workforce labors abroad. Families survive on remittances. Russian policies impoverish those who can't leave. Democracy's in ruins. Crime thrives. And now Russia's stooges are clubbing the last dreams of freedom out of the population.

Today, Moldova. Tomorrow, Georgia and Ukraine.

And then our president will go to Moscow and apologize for America's role in defeating the Soviet Union.

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
WorldPulse Media Corresspondent

By a very great spirit Ruxanda:

*mainly because all the information is mainly gathered from the Russian press..

BY THE TIME YOU FINISH READING THIS, I MIGHT HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY THE SECURITY (TO SAY THE LEAST) FOR JUST POSTING THIS. (i'm not being funny)
SO PLEASE AT LEAST SKIM THROUGH MY NOTE

As I keep getting many messages from people outside Moldova, I thought it would be much easier to write a note and explain everything here..I'll try to make it as eloquent as possible.

1. the elections on Sunday, april 5th, have been rigged...again

REASONS:
*thousands of people have reported to have seen strangers put down on the voting lists as living in their homes. this enabled double voting with the same ID in different voting bureau.
*thousands of people saw that their dead relatives and those who live abroad had already voted! (One particular example is a man, who has been living in Japan for several years, found out from his wife that he had already voted (she saw "his" signature on the voting list next to his name). to his amazement, this was not all. Their dead son had already voted as well!!!)
*people have been given money to vote for the communist party
*the police cordoned off several voting bureaux, thus people have been unable to express their vote.
*the communists warned all the rural population that, if they don't win, they're gonna take their pensions away, they're gonna become even poorer than they are atm yada yada yada...

2. Preliminary results showed that one in two moldovans voted for the communist party, which is sheer lunacy!

3. people were shoked and organised themselves (mainly yougsters) to protest the next day (monday, 6th) via the internet (facebook, twitter, NGO websites and blogs) and texts

4. although our fury was undescribable, the protest were peaceful up to one point, when a provoker (russian speaking, btw) started throwing rocks at the president's building. other provokers joined in and incited protestants to violence

one of the proofs: http://www.jurnaltv.md/?article=2032

5. things started getting out of control, HOWEVER the police did not intervene. there is video evidence where the Minister of Internal Affairs, gheorghe papuc, is telling the policemen "let them do what they want. let them ruin everything".

6. the same happened with the Parliament. meanwhile, the highly corrupted state TV is showing belly-dancers and balloons. Because the State TV is the main source of information thoughout Moldova, the govt controls the population by only airing unilateral views (theirs, obviously) and discriminating the opposition and the protestants.

7. people reported seeing agressive skin-heads (supposedly prisonners brought by the police in order to destroy everything) knocking down non-communist offices and stealing from their safes. the hidden safe where the MP's salaries were being held has been destroyed completely (only someone from the inside could know that the MP's haven't received their salaries yet). the fire brigade was not rushing to stop the blaze and blaming the crowd for not letting them pass, which is not true!

Wednesday, 8th of April : the skinheads, in the front rows of the protests after the Parliament and the Presidency have been destroyed

8. also, the fire has been set alight FROM THE INSIDE!! (there is video evidence of "fumigènes" (smoke grenades) being thrown from the roof) what Voronin did, has a historical precedent: in 1936, Hitler set fire to the Reichstag (the german parliament) so that the communists aree blamed for it. So voronin made sure that all criminal evidence of his party are destroied. this is due to be proved using CCTV camera tapes.

9. The EU flag has been installed on the Parliament's roof. to get on the roof, you need a key to pass trough a solid metal door. a policeman was spotted standing right next to the "protestants":

2 Conspirators and 2 policemen.

10. Voronin found a "bouc emissaire": he is now blaming Romania for everything because the Romanian flag has been installed as well (those who know me probably recall the times when I said "I am Romanian as well". That's because here, we all are, at the end of the day).
They declared the romanian consul in Moldova -persona non grata; and introduced visas for the Romanians when entering Moldova. in 12 hours, the law was passed and already functioning. they might not let anyone leave or get in because they might call this an "extraordinary situation" in Moldova, reason why I might not see you guys again, at least in the near future.

11. the police, dressed up as civilians, atack the protestants that were passing by and beat them up and drag them into cars and drive in an unknown direction:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvvkyIVD1pw

12. Oleg Brega, a renowned journalist from JurnalTV.md was caught filming the policemen beating up inocent, peaceful protestants. he was then attacked by 4 policemen, beaten up, got his two video cameras taken away and left in an unconscious state in the middle of the road. Today (THURSDAY, april 9th) he left for further checks at the hospital, but his colleagues cannot get in touch with him atm... His brother, Ghenadie Brega, went missing a couple of days ago because the special forces are hunting him down for everything that happened on Monday, as if he organised the whole disaster.

13. these couple of days, the internet connections have been shut several times.
The secret forces are trying to ban all NGO blogs.
They are jamming cell phone reception and listening to phone conversations.
They're not letting people get into the country.
They arrested three romanian journalists from RealitateaTV. They cannot be found anywhere at the moment.

14. today, hundreds of people have been arrested in their schools, universities, homes. people have been rang to be questioned about their personal data. I was gonna go out tonight to see some friends, but my parents wouldn't let me simply because the police are now aggressing anyone that's passing by. Many parents still don't know where their children have been taken.

15. What is truly heartbreaking is that the international press DOES NOT CARE about what is REALLY happening here, although Emma Nicholson, the british OSCE representative said she strongly disagrees with the final OSCE press release, where they said that the election in moldova was fair and within the laws. however, most OSCE representatives are from Russia...

The reason why they are not telling you THIS, is that Moldova is not a strategic point and is therefore not needed. Plus, the EU and the USA don't want to have problems with Russia, which has long infiltrated itself in Moldova (Trans-Dniestrian army could attack us, those on the other side of Nistru, at any point now).

16. The opposition succeded in obtaining the voting lists and have 4 days to prove that the election has been rigged. this however doesn't necessarily guarantee new election, .

17. Tomorrow, we've organised ourselves to have a massive protest against all the govt's crimes, especially the ones produced this week. However, a source from the inside says that the security are planning on attacking the protestants. There will be provokers that will try to enter the government, thus giving the police an alibi to start shooting!!!!!
Despite this, I am personally determined to protest tomorrow, along with many others

We don't care anymore if they shoot us!!
we don't care if they send us to Siberia, as they did with our relatives years ago!!
we've had enough humiliation!
we've had enough of the russian subjugation!
enough of Putin's empire ruling our country using communist marionettes!
enough indifference from the Occident!
Moldova is the only unresolved case after the Second World War. We need help from the outside.. There's nowhere we can go for help here!! The police, who are meant to protect us, is ruled by the government and is commiting crimes that bring us back to the savage times during Nazi occupation in Europe. But it's not our fault for all the sufferings here and we deserve to be treated as humans and saved from this totalitarian regime.

violence has never been the answer to a conflict.
this is why, as a sign of peace, tomorrow we will be offering flowers to policemen.

for further information and analysis:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-furious-with-eu-ov...

UPDATE (12.04.2009):

POLICE KILLS 23-YEAR OLD VALERIU BOBOC, HUSBAND AND FATHER OF 18-MONTH-OLD BABY. HE WAS ARRESTED ON TUESDAY, BUT HIS FAMILY ONLY FOUND OUT ON FRIDAY. DESPITE THE FACT THAT HIS BODY WAS COVERED IN BRUISES, THE POLICE SAID THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS SMOKE INTOXICATION ON THE 7TH OF ARPIL (WHEN THE PARLIAMENT WAS ST ON FIRE). AN INTERNATIONAL FORENSIC EXAMINATION IS DUE TO TAKE PLACE IN ORDER TO FIND OUT THE CAUSE OF DEATH.

1. The Friday revolution got cancelled because the authorities threatened to use weapons against the protestants, if the situation got out of control.
There was barely anyone there in the PMAN (Piata Marii Adunari Nationale, the central square in Chisinau) on Friday. I left at around 5pm, when there were only about 40 people left.
Snipers have been seen on the State TV building roof, waiting for any protestant to make a wrong move.

2. Rodica Mahu, the editor in chief of Jurnal de Chisinau (the newspaper I work for) has been kidnapped on Friday by 4 men in civilian clothes, who abusively dragged her into a car and drove away. She was released 2 hours later and was accused of “collecting information for attacking governmental building”!!
Now the journalists from “Jurnal de Chisinau” are seeking asylum in the USA, due to several attacks against them throughout the week.

3. Ridiculous customer service
A 58 year old lady, Agapia Copacinschi, has been arrested at the Balti Train station because she asked “Why isn’t the train to Ungheni working?”. They said she was a provoker, most likely because she was carrying a bag from a Romanian supermarket, whose sign (a tree) resembled one of the opposition party’s sign! However, the police claimed she was blocking the traffic and was being aggressive towards the policemen…

4. Valentina Cusnir, an independent Member of Parliament , has been hospitalised with a broken arm and brain concussion after being brutally abused by 2 policemen .

5. A genuine hunt on people has been launched in Moldova. People have been illegally arrested, whose location is yet to be identified. The police are judging them in the police station, and not in court.
There are still hundreds of parents, friends and siblings looking for those who disappeared in the last few days

6. Someone also reported to me that students have been visited in their boarding houses and beaten up. Their parents are working abroad and there’s no one they can ask for help. Terror amongst students was obvious today, at the protest in the PMAN, where you could barely spot any young people. 10.000 people took part today, mainly middle-aged (unlike all the other times this week)

UPDATE:

Protestants that took part in the solidarity protest in Bucharest, those who gave interviews to romanian newspapers and those who posted messages on the internet have been identified by the customs police. They have a list of photos and video captures from news bulletins. As soon as they get identified at the customs, they get arrested..

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
WorldPulse Media Corresspondent

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