Woman suffocates to death in Moldova protest fire

Woman suffocates to death in Moldova protest fireChisinau - A young woman died of suffocation on Tuesday from a fire set by Moldovan anti-government protestors, Moldova-1 television reported, citing police sources.

The woman had been part of a group of several hundred protestors that had overrun Moldova's parliament building earlier in the day.

Smoke from fires breaking out in the building killed her, according to the unconfirmed report.

Some 60 persons had been confirmed injured in fighting between police and student protestors angry at the results of a Sunday parliament election.

Most had suffered injuries from flying stones or blunt objects used as weapons in the melee, according to news reports.

Moldova's ruling Communist party won the election, but opposition groups alleged the win came from vote-fixing.

Independant observers incuding the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the vote was generally free and fair. (dpa)

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