Moldova: Tens of thousands fill Chisinau anti-govt rally

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in Chisinau's Great National Assembly Square, Sunday, to protest against what they see as a worsening economic situation and numerous government corruption scandals. Speakers from the Civic Platform, the organisation which arranged the rally, addressed the crowd with speeches and protest songs. The speakers stood atop a stage adorned with the flags of Moldova and the European Union. The protesters are demanding the resignation of Moldova's President Nicolae Timofti and early elections to be called no later than March 2016. The rally is one of many protests to occur in the country this summer. On April 5, tens of thousands of people came to the Moldovan capital to demonstrate against perceived judicial corruption. A larger rally occurred on May 3, when 50,000 marched through Chisinau calling for the government to implement reforms which would bring the country closer to the EU. Later in the month 25,000 protesters gathered, again in Chisinau, calling for the unification of Moldova and Romania.