Rival protesters from the right-wing Civic Platform (DA) movement and the left-wing Our Party agreed that the president and the government should step down, and called for a snap parliamentary election.
Thousands of pro-EU Civic Platform protesters rallied on Sunday outside the government building in the capital Chisinau, demanding a referendum to change the presidential election process. A Moldovan president is appointed by the parliament.
A mile away from the DA rally, Our Party’s leftist protesters were demonstrating in support of Moldovans’ self-identification, sovereignty and closer ties with Russia.
Police did not interfere with either protest. Authorities stepped up security around government buildings in the capital. Administrative compounds were policed by officers in riot gear, but no clashes were reported.