After several days of demonstrations, the faculty-student strike committee in Chisinau postponed a rally scheduled for October 20 until October 23. The crowds, which for the first two days had numbered 7,000-8,000, had dwindled to 3,000-5,000, and the trade unions refused to join in what they called a political action.
The protest has in fact acquired a more political and radical turn as its leaders, lacking mass support, turned to pro-Romanian groups which had initially remained in the shadows. Leaders of those groups addressed the October 20 unauthorized rally in Chisinau´s central square with calls for more decisive action against the Agrarian government and parliament and appealed to their political followers to join the strike and the street protests. The strike committee is trying to mobilize factory workers and peasants to support a marathon rally in downtown Chisinau October 23.
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