Drivers came together for a new protest in the Great National Assembly Square of Chisinau on June 6. They demand to decrease the fuel prices. Even if the National Agency for Energy Regulation suspended the last decision to increase the price ceilings, the motorists consider the prices are anyway exaggerated and demand that the Agency should explain the reasons for the rise, IPN reports.
Mihai Copacinschi came to the protest because he is against the rise in fuel prices. The young man said he has friends who live in Dubasari and these pay 15.60 lei per liter of gasoline “95”. In Chisinau, a liter of this fuel is sold for over 19 lei. “I want to remain in my country, but they drive us away by such actions and systems,” he stated.
Natalia Ianciu said she came to defend her rights as she considers the recent increases are unjustified. During a year, the prices rose by 2-3 lei. The people can no longer cope with their salaries as the prices are raised every two weeks. They are decreased by 0.05-0.15 lei and are then increased by 0.5-0.6 lei.
Dumitru Munteanu said the people need an explanation from the authorities so that they know where the price rises derive from.
Ion Oleinic noted he considers the rises are political in character and have been applied constantly so that the government could decrease the prices closer to the elections and gain political benefits. “This is the tactic of the pseudo-Democrats – to rise and then to decrease the prices so as to appear as good rulers before the population,” stated the man.
Gheorghe Popa said that if the protesters are not heard by the government, they will mount more protests. They wait for a reaction and for an explanation for the rise in fuel prices.
The fuel price ceilings have been on the rise for several weeks. On May 29, the National Agency for Energy Regulation set a price of 19.79 lei per liter of gasoline “95” and of 17.75 lei per liter of diesel fuel. Following a request made by Prime Minister Pavel Filip and the dissatisfaction that appeared in society, the Agency on June 1 suspended its May 29 decision, restoring the price ceilings used two weeks earlier.