22 Mar 2018 18:29

Dodon urges Moldovans not to attend events marking centenary of Moldova-Romania unification

CHISINAU. March 22 (Interfax) - Moldovan President Igor Dodon has urged Moldovans not to attend events marking the centenary of Moldovan-Romanian reunification this weekend.

Unionists are expected to meet in Chisinau on March 25, Dodon wrote on his Facebook page.

"All of us see that a campaign marking the historic event of the centenary of unification turned into an operation to undermine Moldova's statehood, using vicious methods, mobilizing unionist formations with foreign funding and bribing local elected officials, who are signing the so-called 'declarations for reunification,'" Dodon wrote.

It is likely that a meeting scheduled for Sunday will be provocative, he wrote. In this connection, the president urged "all people of good will," teachers, and parents not to attend and prevent their children from attending. The president also urged law enforcement agencies "to perform their duties and obstruct any escalation of street emotions."

Dodon wrote that he will "systematically protect statehood by taking power into the hands of state-oriented politicians in parliamentary elections."

He also wrote that he will declare the creation of a national front against reunification with Romania in the next few days or weeks.

On Thursday morning, Dodon, who is attending Orthodox events on the Mount Athos, said that he would return to Chisinau on Saturday in order to prevent provocations at mass rallies scheduled for this weekend.