CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Shouting anti-Russian slogans, 3,000 people have rallied in Moldova urging the reunification of the former Soviet republic with neighboring Romania.
Moldovans marched Saturday from a central square in Chisinau past parliament shouting “Good bye, Russia! Don’t forget Bessarabia is not yours!” using the historical name for Moldova.
Russia first annexed Moldova in May 1812. It was part of Romania from 1918 until 1940, when it was annexed to the Soviet Union under a Nazi-Soviet Pact. Moldova declared independence in 1991 as the Soviet Union disintegrated.
George Simion, a Romanian who heads Action 2012 that organized Saturday’s rally, was expelled from Moldova this week for five years after Moldova’s security agency said he posed a threat to national security.
Some 10 to 20 percent of Moldovans support reunification, polls show.