Chisinau mayor, Dorin Chirtoaca, has this morning been assaulted by hundreds of pensioners protesting against the municipal council's decision to increase tariffs for water and eliminate free transport on trolley buses for pensioners and other categories such as government functionaries.
Do the pensioners have a case?
No. Instead of free transport, the council is offering pensioners a monthly cash payment of MDL 70 per month. A pensioner would have to travel on trolleybuses more than 35 times a month to be worse off. Most will actually be better off.
Who are the real winners & losers?
The losers are the government functionaries. Note however that these people are among Chisinau's higher income earners. Everyone who lives in Chisinau is a winner, becuase the water company and the bus company can remain solvent and keep functioning.
Why are the pensioners angry?
1. Because they believe they are worse off and they are frightened. Valeriu Todercan and Moldova 1 have made sure of that.
2. Because they are very poor to start with. A decade of incompetent and corrupt government (mainly by the communists) has resulted in miserly pensions.
What is really going on?
Voronin and Tkaciuk are using the pensioners as front line troops in their battle with the AIE, attempting to discredit Chirtoaca and Ghimpu. Frankly it's a disgusting manipulation of a vulnerable section of the population.