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(en) Romania, <Copied from: alter-ee> ALERTA! TROUBLE IN ROMANIA! ABC STARTS.

From alter-ee@lists.most.org.plAActiv-ist
Date Sat, 15 Mar 2003 21:34:42 +0100 (CET)

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> Collective <aactivistcollective@yahoo.com>

as i said, there was planned a march for peace in the city,
on the 15th of march and the student organisation fooled us
and got no autorisation. so, here we are in front a hard
decission. should we go on ilegal demo or not. and the answer
was, hell yes! so we prepare for the action. in the previous
night at the punk concert there were 4 secret agents, and
that was a sign from them that they will not stop there.

the authorised march was supposed to start at 13:00 in front
of the university and go through the town. so, we decide we
will still keep that as a convergence point, and after go to
center and have a smaller march, without blocking cars and
just leafleting and having banners and flags.

morning hours were a pain, cause people from the student
organisation called by chiefs of the police got so scared
that they would keep us all time on the phone.

we said we still go there, but because the cooking part was
going hard, we decided that we should go and say to the
people who will come to the university that the demo will be
delayed untill after the food not bombs action.

going in front of the university we found one big surprise.
the place was full with police. we spread arround so that we
can let people know that meeting point has changed. we
managed to announce some of the people, but not all. we also
met one of the people from the student ngo who fucked us. he
was all pale and he said that he had converstions on the
phone with police chifs for more than one hour. he was
begging us not to protest, not to put out banners, not to do
anything. hehe! he said 3 big chiefs of the ppolice where
there and there is a big mobilisation from the police.

anyway, so we announce as many people as we can, it seemed
that more people preferd to come at the f.n.b. actions than
at the march.

anyway, we got back to the cocking place so, that we discuss
new strategies for the action. people from CAF (craiova
anarho front) and the REVOLUTIONSHOP group, from craiova were
here offering theyr help for the action and preparation.
theyr support was heartening for all of us here. there we
discussed and realised that there is no way we could do the
march at all and we should focuse on the food not bombs,
which together with our week of leafleting would make some
sense and worth the material and financial help.

there were in the square where we did the food not bombs
action some 50 people who camed there for the action and also
about 20 street kids/people which we have gathered from the
streets. we put the banners up the sorounding walls and a
friend was playing the guitar. everything was ok, untill the
first sign appeared...

the chief of a gendarmerie (i don't know the exact spelling)
team camed to us. he asked that he wanted to talk to the
leader of the group. we said we have no leader. he said that
somebody would better asume this role. so our hippy-guitar
friend went and gave his id and said what's about. the
discussions went great. the "jandarm" said he is glad that we
have initiative and even if we don't have any autorisation he
will send to boys of his team to protect us from the eventual
fury of some potential people who would hate our stance. he
said that we will start to shout or do other "stupid" things
disturbing the order and neighbors he and his team will act

we were so amzed about what we heard and we went on with the
sharing of food and feeling good. all things went good untill
the food was almost gone, and a police (not gendarmerie!!!)
car camed. this time there were 6 policemen who jumped out
and asked the same question. who is your leader? so the story
went almost the same. the hippy friend said what he told to
the other guy, other people also went there and explained
that the action is close to the end and we will soon go. the
poliman said that they want to protect us from eventual
aggressions from the other people who might pick on us
because of the way we look or whatever. and that he respects
what we're doing but w need to finish soon because they have
a lot of missions and they are doing voluntary work there and
are freezing (?!?).

so we say that we finish soon and go home with a fifth food
not bombs action with no problems. in very few minutes
another police car camed and and a very big chief camed out.
he gave some orders and a policemen asked for our id's, of
everybody. the people who had none could go home. and they
were not happy that so many of us gave the id's to them
(maybe because of too much paper work for them!!!). anyway,
some people got theyr id's back and others not.

what happened next? 19 people got fines of 1.500.000 and one
got 1.700.000, meaning about 45 euro per person. that comes
in a situation where almost everybody was unemployed, student
or whatever thing with no job. and that's in a country where
the average salary is 100$.

the action was clearly a political one, and if small
policemen understood and were not pissed for giving free food
to the people, the chief camed with clear orders from above
and decided to punish some of the people there, so that they
will remind this thing for the rest of theyr lifes: "you have
the right to express your opinion, whenever we want!".

people gathered after in a pub and discussed the problem, and
the abc romania is officially started at this action. after
spending a lot of theyr time and material and emotional
resources people were still glad about the action and have no
fear of the message from the state. people got more
solidarity with the aactiv-ist collective and will join
future actions. the police repression didn't make us weaker,
but stronger and we won't stop here.

abc meeting will take place on monday and decisions will be
made there. we will fight all the way with all legal methods
and only as a last choice we will pay the fines, which go up
to 450 euros (!). there might be needed for help with 2
persons who admited theyr fact (breaking the law with
intention of disrupting public order) by mistake and because
of no trust to romanian justice.

we will need some money, cause this people are students and
have no job, so, please spread this news around and if people
can help us with financial difficulties, please get in touch.

also, there are 2 ways of going to court. one individually
and having personal trials, and this way there are 90%
chances to solve the fines with no money. and the second one
is that we go and make a common complain and go to the media
and stuff. this will lead to futture complications that might
end with bigger trouble and money spent for lawyrs and stuff.

abc groups if they could give some advices, it would be great
to get in touch and give some suggestions.



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