Moldovar activists mobilize with help of Twitter

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A crowd of more than 10,000 young Moldovans materialized seemingly out of nowhere yesterday to protest in Moldova. The crowd was protesting the parliamentary elections held on Sunday, in which Communists won 50 percent of the vote, enough to allow them to select a new president and amend the Constitution. Using social networking tools like Twitter to mobilize a mob of mostly students, the protest shocked the government and the protesters were able to take control of the seat of government including the Parliament and the President's offices. When hundreds of firsthand accounts flooded onto the Internet via Twitter and Facebook, Internet service in Chisinau, the capital, was abruptly cut off. We have with us one of the protesters, Alina Martiniuc, a student in Moldova, to give her first hand account of the events.

Guests:

Alina Martiniuc

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Femi Oke

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