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Thousands Of Moldovans Protest Over Missing Bank Funds

Thousands have protested in the streets of the capital of Moldova over the disappearance of $1 billion -- about one-fifth of the country's gross domestic product -- from three banks.

Moldovan officials have recently launched an investigation into the disappearance of the money in November 2014, before the country's parliamentary elections.

Two people, whose identities have not been disclosed to the public, were detained while others have had their funds frozen.

The protesters in Chisinau on May 3 chanted anticorruption slogans and called for the resignation of the prosecutor-general, several Supreme Court judges, and other politicians they believe were involved in the scandal.

"Down with the thieves!" and "We want the billions back!" many chanted while waving Moldovan and EU flags.

There were no reports of violence.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

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