There are different ways to interpret what has happened earlier today in the country of my birth, and the land where I spent the first 20 years of my life, Europe’s poorest country, the Republic of Moldova. Motivated by the allegedly falsified win of the Communist Party in the parliamentary elections on Sunday, the opposition organized riots in the city center of the country’s capital, Chisinau. Here’s a video:
I will not go into the analysis of why this sad event, organized with the help of Twitter and Facebook [read more in The New York Times], has taken place today. I have only one question to ask: Have the organizers of this really weighed all the pros and cons of doing it this way? If they did, they must be perceiving responsibility differently from how I view it. The parliament building was set on fire [video here], a woman suffocated to death, and over 100 people have been confirmed injured [source]. Much unnecessary damage has been caused today: to people, buildings [photos here], but most importantly, on a wider scale — to the political image of the whole country and its people.