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Thousands In Moldova Rally For Unification With Romania

Moldovans March For Unification With Romaniai
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March 28, 2016
Frustrated with corruption and economic turmoil, thousands of Moldovans marched through the streets of Chisinau on March 27 to demand their country be reunited with Romania. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)
WATCH: Moldovans March For Unification With Romania
By RFE/RL's Moldovan Service

Thousands of people calling for Moldova's reunification with Romania took to the streets of Chisinau on March 27 in a so-called "march of reunion." 

The rally organizers say some 50,000 people took part in the protests while police put the number at 5,000-6,000 people. 

The protesters say unification with EU-member Romania is the way forward for corruption-ridden Moldova to move forward and join the European Union.

The protest is meant to mark 98 years since the former Romanian province of Bessarabia -- which covers the region of Moldova and Ukraine today -- was unified with Romania on March 27, 1918.

Later on, during World War II, Bessarabia was incorporated into the former U.S.S.R., with most of its territory becoming the Soviet republic of Moldova.

With reporting by Interfax
 

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