Supporters and representatives of the Moldovan opposition Communist Party and the Shor Party are picketing the building of the National Energy Regulatory Agency (ANRE) in Chisinau, the demonstrators express dissatisfaction with the increase in electricity tariffs.
ANRE on Wednesday approved a new tariff for electricity, for household consumers it increased by an average of 20%.
“Today we are in front of the ANRE building, this agency is one of the tools of the government. Officials who make decisions on raising prices and tariffs do not know how the people live. We do not trust the ministers, leaders of the country, they have discredited themselves so much that no one one person in Moldova does not have the idea that he is protected,” said Yury Kuznetsov, deputy of the Chisinau city assembly, at the rally.
Anti-government rallies and pickets started in Moldova back in May. The protesters are outraged by the unprecedented increase in prices for gas, other energy resources and food, as well as high inflation and falling living standards. The protesters accuse the authorities of failing to cope with the crisis in the country, point to a record inflation over the past twenty years, which in mid-summer amounted to 33.5% on an annualized basis.