revolution did not change government in Moldova but created big drama
instead including a couple of conspiracy theories and “fast-track” mini
enlargement of EU with one million new EU citizens while Moldova possibly
losing a quarter its citizens with same deal. So a relatively small improvised
demonstration can lead its (mis)use for possible purposeful utilization
of multidimensional aims of different players.
In my post "Twitter Revolution-Case Moldova"
I described a bit implementation and motivations about events occurred after 5th April elections in Moldova. Conclusions about elections itself are in my post "Election in Moldova – Nato Perspective blocked”.
Some random pickings from Moldovan twitters about situation are describing situation afterward:…about
200 people was arrested and nobody know where they are now...communist
president had a meeting will all school and university deans, and told
them that they'll be fired if police catch one of their students at
protest….also they close borders with Romania, and don’t let
international journalists to enter in country. 3 journalists was denied
entry in airport…2 Moldavian journalists disappeared after they filmed
undercover police beating students...while in Chisinau people was
protesting and fighting, national tv had on a documentary film...
On the other hand demonstration has been characterized also as an act whereyouth,
paid by older internationally-acting manipulators with money, alcohol
and drugs, seized a presidential office, planted a Romania’s flag on a
president palace and set on fire country’s parliament, demanding
inclusion as a province in Romania.”
The first conspiracy theory came public April 14th by Eurasian Secret Services Daily Review. According its sources flags
of Romania and EU over Moldova’s presidential office building were run
up by employees of Moldavan secret services. The Flags of Romania and
the European Union which have been run up on April 7, over the building
of the Moldova’s presidential office during the protest actions against
falsifications of parliamentary elections, were raised up at presence
of a policeman, a source in the Information and Security Service (SIS)
of Moldova told news agency Regnum April 14th. According to the source, the flag of Romania overt the building was raised by an employee of the SIS. (Source AXIS
Few days later April 16th
Moldavian President Vladimir Voronin expressed totally opposite
conspiracy theory claiming that nine Serb nationals took part in
organising the coup d’état in Chisinau, adding that the Moldavian
secret service has information that the unrests
were headed by former ‘resistance’ fighters. President Voronin said he
had a photograph of a Serbian citizen who he claims is working for the
Americans. – We have it all on tape and we can identify all the animals who were attacking the police
– Voronin said.
in an interview for the Spanish daily El Pais, Voronin said nine
Serbian citizens and several Romanian agents have been registered in
Cosic from Serbia, the director of a non-governmental organisation
“Prokoncept”, who was an observer in Moldavia during the elections,
said that the country does not even have nine Serbs in it. – They
showed the photograph Voronin speaks of. I am on that photo. They took
the photo in front of the presidency building. I took no part in any
violence. For sure, whoever is taking part in violence is not holding
his hands in his pockets –
Cosic concluded. He also said that the story of President Voronin is very illogical. – Nine Serbs could not organise a riot. There was me and another young man there
– Cosic said. (Source AXIS
are growing social forces in Moldova seeking reunification with Romania
for nationalist reasons and as an easy path to EU membership. Already
between 10% and 20% of Moldovans have Romanian, and by extension EU,
passports. The fear of Romanian expansionism frightens Transnistria
away from reconciliation, while the “Kosovo precedent” gives its
arguments for independence more weight.
President Traian Basescu told the Romanian parliament that he would
fast-track Moldovans for Romanian citizenship following riots in the
Moldova (Source DW
) . Fast-tracking citizenship to some 1m people next door in Moldova, in effect giving EU citizenship to a quarter of the population of Europe’s poorest state.
EU institutions are appalled (Source euobserver
) at Romania's proposal to give citizenship. The website quoted an unnamed EU official as describing the plans as "frightening."
make issue more complicate one should also note that at same time
Russia is trying to draw Transdniestr into its orbit by giving out
passports to (Moldovan) citizens living in this breakaway republic.
From my perspective few points I would like to highlight, such as
it is true that Moldovan government had purposeful utilization of
demonstration I would claim this to be a double stupidity: First to
implement this kind of action when you actually have almost landslide
win in the election and second to be caught in the act of fabrication. The April 5 parliamentary election may have been flawed, but not to the degree the opposition claims.
“Twitter revolution” an attempt of another so-called "colored
revolution," or simply an expression of rage by young people who demand
to live better lives? There are certainly specific individuals in
Moldova who are interested see unification with Romania as the easiest
way into the European Union. Looting of government buildings seems more
hooliganism than a plan to take control of the country or to bring
about "regime change by force.
question is if using social networks with modern technology very
democratic way in politics? This tactic suits mainly in urban areas by
people – mostly younger generation – who are familiar with modern
communication means and have infrastructure supporting them.
in breakaway Transdniester are watching the recent events in Moldova
with satisfaction, in that the unrest and violence only serve as a
further reason why they should not agree, in the wake of Kosovo's
independence, to once again become a part of Moldova.
over a decade, Transdnistria, South Ossetia and Abkhazia had strong
cases for independence, even stronger than Kosovo's (My comparison
Kosovo-Transdnstria in article “Transdnistria Follow-up”
Today they have de facto independence, even if it is not recognized.
And if now some Moldovans or wannabe Romanians are demanding border
changes - after Kosovo - how can they be denied this?
whole mess now in Moldova makes EU's position challenging; what is its
position about this kind of mini-enlargement, how implement new
European Partnership (EaP) program on the ground, how deal with
secessionist Transdnistria, Gagauz and maybe more regions, what kind of
cross-border activities to support?
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