The citizens of southern Moldovan town of Cahul, acting together with the local Russian-Slavic Community, with activities from the Russian Youth League of Moldova, “The Patriots of Moldova” Party, the Moldovan Communist Party and Mishin Group supporters, have upset the action that was staged by about a hundred supporters of Unirea [unification of the Republic of Moldova with Romania], who were going to burn down communist symbols in downtown Cahul last Sunday.
The local residents met the unionists from Chisinau and Bucharest, activists of the National Liberal Party and the Civil Platform “Actiunea 2012” with posters reading “Down with fascism”, “Fascism shall not go”, “We are Moldovans”, “Cahul is a Moldovan town”, and analogous loud cries. Some citizens even threw tomatoes and eggs at the unwanted visitors.
Eventually, the unionists, protected by the police who did their best to prevent possible clashes, had to give up their rally idea and leave the town.
Town’s Russian-Slavic community chairman Vasily Mikhailov stated to the press that “the attempt to organize a Unirea march in the town was an extraordinary event for the town. As soon as we learned that Romanian nationalists were going to arrange a rally under the slogan of “Long live the Great Romania!”, local residents and the above-mentioned organizations immediately reacted and gathered for a team-like rebuff and defense of the native town”.
Boris Shapovalov, Deputy Chairperson of the Congress of Russian Communities of Moldova, said that with their resolute action, the Cahul citizens stated a clear ‘no’ to the Unirea policy waged by the Moldovan authorities last 3 years.
The unionists have scheduled their next attempt to burn down communist symbols for August 5 in Balti city.