Moldovans Rally To Protest Formal Recognition Of Islam - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2011: "May 18, 2011
CHISINAU -- Hundreds of Moldovans have taken to the streets in Chisinau to protest the government's recognition of the country's tiny Muslim minority, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.
Some participants in the rally warned that the decision would open the door to terrorism and lead to mass conversions to Islam.
'We want to guard our borders and to defend our Orthodox faith.... The Muslims are like a virus. If you let in just a few they will multiply,' one female participant at the rally told RFE/RL, refusing to give her name.
Another woman in the crowd outside the government building said Muslims would introduce polygamy and 'harems' to Moldova. And a priest named Gheorghe was quoted by local media as saying at the rally that the Muslims 'are all instructed in terrorism.'"