In Chisinau, Moldova as many as 40,000 people took to the streets in opposition of government corruption and overwhelming political manipulation by the nation’s oligarchs. In the midst of the chaos, some broke into the Parliament building while others committed acts of vandalism and clashed with the police. The protesters have rocked back and forth in numbers since October, 2015, when an estimated $1 Billion in government funds disappeared from the national banking system.
Initially the protesters were slanted pro-democracy and eyeing European Union (EU) oversight for their nation, which resides in a political tug of war with the West and Russia. On the streets, the protesters have established an encampment in front of the parliament building. Many spend their days and nights there, sleeping in tents and makeshift shelters, eating rations from kitchen truck, and keeping warm alongside 55 gallon barrels drums, burning wooden pallets and fallen branches. They spend the majority of their days and nights there, disputing the politics and points of their various parties.