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Riot police seize parliament building from protesters

Video by Florence VILLEMINOT , Pauline PACCARD

Latest update : 2009-04-08

Moldovan riot police cleared the country's parliament building that was taken over by demonstrators Tuesday. The dozen remaining protesters who were among those rallying against a communist election victory were arrested.

AFP - Moldovan riot police seized on Wednesday the parliament building which had earlier been stormed by protesting crowds, and arrested a dozen remaining demonstrators, an AFP correspondent reported from the site.
   
Police also cleared the few protesters who stayed on the square before the government building after most of the crowds rallying against a Communist election victory dispersed for the night.
   
Protests had boiled over into violence on Tuesday, as protesters seized the parliament building and the presidential office and trashed them from inside, lighting bonfires with furniture and computers thrown out of windows.
   
An overwhelming majority of protesters left for the night, vowing to return on Wednesday morning to resume the rally.

Date created : 2009-04-08

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