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The #OccupyGuguta resistance movement will hold a protest at the Embassy of Turkey: “Solidarity against the sabotage of citizens”

Turkey’s electoral authority is convicted after deciding to repeat the local elections in Istanbul, won in March by Ekrem Imamoglu, who is now at risk of losing his mayoral chair at the new elections to be held on June 23rd.

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The #OccupyGuguta community announced it will hold a protest at the Embassy of Turkey on Wednesday. The protest will be “against the latest anti-democratic abuses of Erdogan’s regime.” This was decided after the Turkish Central Electoral Council ordered the repetition of the local elections in Istanbul, won by an opposition candidate.

“We now understand that the fraternity between the Moldovan authorities (legally – Igor Dodon, our president; ilegally – Vlad Plahotniuc, the oligarch) and the Turkish authorities isn’t only showed by human abductions (the case of the kidnapped Turkish teachers), not only by their silence on the Armenian genocide, not only by their gifts such as the TOMA cars (to stop the protesters) and not even by restoring a building (like that of the presidency),” says the announcement of the demonstration.

Reminder: The last general elections of Chisinau’s mayor took place on May 20 – June 3, 2018, being won by the candidate of the Platform of Dignity and Truth, Andrei Nastase. However, due to the current regime, the courts have invalidated the elections.

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The EU and WHO delivered COVID-19 critical supplies to support healthcare institutions from Moldova

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A shipment of critical medical supplies (1.5 million pieces of personal protective equipment) was delivered to Chisinau to help frontline healthcare workers in the Republic of Moldova. The supplies were funded by the European Union and procured by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and included 1 210 000 medical masks, 348 000 N95 respirators, 16 200 goggles, and 36 000 protective gowns, according to a press release published on the page of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova.

This is one of the biggest humanitarian aids offered to healthcare system employees from Moldova. Peter Michalko, Ambassador of the EU to the Republic of Moldova, and WHO Representative in the Republic of Moldova, Igor Pokanevych, handed over the equipment to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection at an event today, where ambassadors of other EU member states were present as well.

The donation of medical supplier is part of a larger assistance package to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The entire assistance includes also 330 000 gloves, 356 oxygen concentrators, 41 patients monitors, 40 ventilators, 215 pulse oximeters, 1500 kits for laboratory tests, and 12 000 kits for samples collection in the total amount of 2.8 million euro, as it is stated in the same press release.

“In these difficult times, the European Union stands by the Republic of Moldova. The “Solidarity for Health” initiative is a concrete example on how the EU supports the Moldovan healthcare system to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We trust that the supply of medical devices and personal equipment will be of benefit to both frontline healthcare workers, as well as to all Moldovan citizens,” highlighted Peter Michalko.

“The delivery of this protective equipment, made possible thanks to the generous contribution of the European Union, will go far in reducing the risk healthcare workers in our country face in their daily work and help protect them, patients and vulnerable people from this virus,” added Igor Pokanevych, WHO Representative and Head of the WHO Country Office in the Republic of Moldova

 “We express our gratitude for the medical equipment offered by the European Union and the WHO – strategic partners in the fight against COVID-19 infection. It will be distributed to all medical institutions in the country, to protect frontline heroes,” said Minister Viorica Dumbrăveanu.

The donation of the personal protective equipment, as well as medical and laboratory devices is part of the EU’s response program to the outbreak of COVID-19. On March 27, the EU announced an assistance package worth 30 million euro to help prevent, detect and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in several countries of eastern Europe, including Moldova. Initially, the funds are supposed to be used to meet immediate emergency needs, such as procuring essential supplies and training for healthcare workers. In the longer term, the assistance will go towards strengthening the country’s capacity to respond to public health emergencies, informed the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova representatives.

Photo: Mika Baumeister| Unsplash

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The state of Public Health Emergency was again prolonged in Moldova

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The National Extraordinary Public Health Commission (NEPHC) decided, on July 10, that the state of Public Health Emergency must be prolonged again until July 31, taking into consideration the large numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases that continue to be recorded in the Republic of Moldova.

As the the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection (MHLSP) informed, previously imposed restrictions still remain in place.

For example, restrictions regarding keeping social distance, hand hygiene rules, wearing masks in public transport, commercial spaces and closed public spaces, are maintained.  Also, there are restrictions, such as groups of maximum 3 people in public spaces, meetings with the participation of maximum 50 people with a strict evidence of their identity, restricted access to public spaces of people aged 63 and over, no private events, as well as nightclubs, educational, cultural, sport centres, rest camps, treatment institutions, cinemas, concert halls, theatres remain closed.

As of the NEPHC decision no. 20 of July 10, the access of foreign citizens and stateless persons is still forbidden on the territory of Moldova, with the following exceptions:

  • family members of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova;
  • persons holding a long-stay visa, a residence permit or a document equivalent to a residence permit issued by the authorities;
  • persons being on business trips, proved by a visa, residence permit or other equivalent document;
  • members of diplomatic missions and consular posts accredited in Republic of Moldova, of international organisations / missions, as well as members of their families or personnel who provide humanitarian aid;
  • passengers in transit, including those who are repatriated;
  • people travelling for health and humanitarian reasons (with the presentation of confirmatory documents);
  • cross-border workers;
  • drivers and service personnel, performing transportation of goods, crews and service personnel of aircraft, ships and trains.

Persons who enter the Republic of Moldova during this period have to fill in an epidemiological form, as well as a declaration on their own responsibility to comply with the self-isolation regime of 14 days in determined places.

Exception to the self-isolation provisions is established for the following categories of persons (if they do not show clinical signs of respiratory infection or fever):

  • drivers and service personnel, performing transportation of the goods, crews and service personnel of aircraft, ships and trains;
  • persons travelling for health or humanitarian reasons;
  • pupils and students, enrolled in abroad educational units, which have to take tests or exams;
  • persons being on business trips, proved by a visa, residence permit or other equivalent document;
  • cross-border workers;
  • members of diplomatic missions and consular posts accredited in Republic of Moldova, of international organisations / missions, as well as members of their families or personnel who provide humanitarian aid;
  • people in transit.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant social, economic and psychological impact on the population of the Republic of Moldova. According to a sociological study, conducted by the company Intelligent Data, the main negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are related to the lack of communication (33.8%), restricted travelling (33.6%), but also reduced incomes (23%).

At the same time, respondents also mentioned some positive effects of the pandemic, such as spending more time in the family (45.7%), savings due to reduced consumption (17.3%) and more time for hobbies (14.8%).

The MHLSP reported lately 19 208 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 12 667 cases of people who recovered and 641 cases of death.

The evolution of daily new cases in Moldova| Source: MHLSP

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“Pobeda” – the last Moldovan kolkhoz

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Copceac is a village situated near the Ukrainian border, being separated from the main territory of the Autonomous Territorial Unit (ATU) of Gagauzia. Locals proudly claim that their dialect is similar to the old Gagauz language and sounds more like orthodox version of Turkish. This could be caused by the enclaved position of the village: from one side, there is a national border with no crossing points and a Bulgarian settlement from another side.

That is not the only thing that was preserved through time in this village though. The village of Copceac has on its territory the last kolkhoz in Moldova and one of the few remaining from the entire region of Eastern Europe.

Workers of the viticulture team prepare themselves for spraying the grape gardens of Kolkhoz “Pobeda”. Copceac, Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova

Workers of the viticulture team being transported to the grape gardens of Kolkhoz “Pobeda”. Copceac, Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova.

Kolkhoz “Pobeda (tr. as “Victory”) was founded in 1947. In its best times, workers of the collective farm were growing different crops, such as sunflower, corn, grapes, tobacco, plums, peaches, as well as were raising livestock. However, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a lot of things have changed.

Archived photos from Kolkhoz “Pobeda” stored at Copceac public library. Copceac, Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova

Workers and land sections’ holders, who were used to the way things worked before, decided to continue the same way. Later on, the failed state program of land privatisation implemented during 90’s only confirmed that the decision to continue as during the Soviet period was the right one.

Still, the workers of “Pobeda” cannot enjoy their victory at the moment, being quite sober about the situation at the farm. During the most productive Soviet times, there were around 4000 people working, while today this number shrunk to around 300. In Soviet times, one had few options to do something else. Nowadays, villagers choose mainly to leave the country for seasonal work. Others work in construction business to serve those who come back with savings to build a new house.

Workers of the viticulture team tie up young trees at the grape garden of Kolkhoz “Pobeda”. Copceac, Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova.

A boy from Copceac village bought bread from the Kolkhoz “Pobeda” bakery. Copceac, Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova.

Dmitry Dragan, chief of the tractor team “brigada Nr1”, discussing how to manage second harvest of the year after heavy rains. Copceac, Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova.

Harvester operator prepares equipment for the second crops field harvest of the year. Copceac, Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova.

As some workers of the farm recalled, they were proud that it was doing well when other collective farms were broke. Meanwhile, thanks to the grants from the EU and subsidies from the state things got better.

In 2002, after the new legislation on the forms of property was adopted, Kolkhoz stopped to exist as legal entity, but still received state subsidies until 2009. For the last 11 years, there are no subsidies anymore, in contrast to other agricultural entities. When the management learned that no changes can be made to the law, they started to work on adjustment of farm’s status according to the legal framework.

There is also a local bakery in Copceac. It was opened in 2006, being located right next to the kolkhoz mill. People who hold a land section in the kolkhoz have the right to leave their wheat harvest at the bakery and instead they receive coupons. Afterwards, they can exchange their coupons to freshly baked bread or flour.

The bakery produces 1500-2000 loaves a day. Five people per shift work at the bakery, two at the mill.

Inside the mill of Copceac village. Copceac, Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova.

The mill and bakery of Kolkhoz “Pobeda” in centre of Copceac village. Copceac, Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova.

Workers of the bakery prepare dough for the new round of bread to be baked and distributed. Copceac, Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova

Giving the circumstances of Moldovan unstable politics, people are still pessimistic about the future of the country and continue to live in the present moment.

This article was made with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy.

This text is a translation. The original article here.

Photos: Ramin Mazur

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