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In pictures: Moldova protests

Protesters in Chisinau, Moldova

Protests against the Communist Party victory in weekend elections in Moldova have turned violent, with demonstrators attacking the parliament and presidency in the capital, Chisinau.

Student protesters outside Moldova's parliament buildings

Thousands of people gathered for a second day running to protest against the result, which gave the Communists 50% of the vote. International observers said polling was "fair".

Protesters fight police in Chisinau, Moldova

Clashes then broke out between protesters and police.

A protester outside the Moldova parliament

The protesters - many of them apparently only teenagers - began to attack the parliament building.

Parliament building in Chisinau, 7 April 2009

Witnesses said crowds poured into the building through smashed ground-floor windows, hurled furniture out and set it alight.

Protesters in Chisinau, Moldova

They also attacked the president's building. Police tried to hold them off with tear gas and water cannon.

A still from Russian TV shows a Moldovan policeman clutching his bleeding head during protests at the parliament

More than 30 people - both protesters and police officers - have been treated for injuries, officials said.



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