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Protesters Demand That Communists Resign

April 01, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

About 80,000 protesters gathered in the capital, Chisinau, calling for the resignation of the communist government.

Most of Moldova was part of Romania until 1940, and two-thirds of its people are of Romanian descent. Its Russian-speaking minority is in the trans-Dniester area and Chisinau.

Since the 1991 Soviet collapse, Moldova has struggled with whether to align with Romania or Russia. Communists who won elections last year favor closer ties with Russia.

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