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(en) Romanian AACTIV-IST NEWSLETTER #2 - Fall 2002 I. (1/2)

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 24 Nov 2002 04:57:36 -0500 (EST)

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

> From pinkpanthers@k.ro
            The Aactiv-ist newsletter is not an actual publication. Its aim
is to provide people who are interested in the activist scene in Romania
with information about the scene here. This will be a pretty chaotic start,
but we hope to improve on the way. Please excuse the grammatical errors - we
're only Romanians. Anyone is welcome to use information that we publish
here for their own written or electronic publications. If you do so (and we
hope you will), please drop us a line at pinkpanthers@k.ro because we would
like a copy for our Aactiv-ist library, soon to be open. Please spread this
around as widely as you can. If you received this issue and you would no
longer like to receive it, let us know, we don't want to piss you off. Since
this is the only publication about Romania (in English) of this kind we have
decided to give coverage to different ´struggles´ so we will present all the
things we are aware of, be it: punk, environmentalism or radical anarchism.

AACTIV-IST Collective

            Aactiv-ist is an anti-authoritarian autonomous collective based
in the city of Timisoara in the west of Romania - a country somewhere in
Central-Eastern Europe. We have worked together on a lot of different
actions for some time now, but we never thought of having a name. We gave up
on this idea since we got a little tired of organising things and having
other organisations take credit for them because we didn't have a name.
Pretty embarrassing to think that we thought we should first organize
actions and then worry about a name while others who just stayed behind and
complained took credit for it because they were part of an organisation. The
people involved are pretty different: high school or university students,
artists, punx, anarchists, employed and unemployed people. Some of the
things that we have been involved in organising are: actions against the
NATO bombing in Yugoslavia, the Underground Timisoara Festival, Parks Not
Hotels campaign, Earth Day 2001, AntiFascist meeting in Timisoara, tours or
gigs for diy/anarchist punk bands, distribution, leafleting, publishing
zines etc. Sometimes there are only 3 or 5 people involved in doing
something, other times more. The reason we got together is because there is
no anti-authoritarian group in our city and we wanted to have a better
organisation of the anarchist / anti-authoritarian resistance in a
city/country where capitalism is starting to slowly show its real face.

AACTIV-IST Distribution

            For a while now, in Timisoara, we have been running a distro,
but due to the fact that in the past it was done only by one man it wasn't
too useful for the scene. Also the fact that it had different names confused
people a bit; Clipa Anarhiei (Time for Anarchy), Rezistenta Urbana (Urban
Resistance), Nesupunere Civila (Civil Disobedience) were some of these
names. Some weeks ago we decided to start a real distro, a distribution that
can give an opportunity to our scene to grow and for the people in it to
stay involved longer - not to just leave it after one year of ´rebelion´. We
will carry: anarchist and anti-authoritarian magazines, books, and also the
diy anarchist hc/punk scene will get space (cds, tapes, badges, patches,
t-shirts). If you think that you might have something good (and cheap enough
for Romania) please get in touch with us as soon as possible.


            This place will be a natural continuation of the Aactiv-ist
distro and will carry much more than what you will find in the distro.
Because it depends a lot on the success of the distribution, it's a bit
early to talk about how the space will look and what kind of books it will
hold. As some of you probably already know, months ago we started the
´process´ of gathering materials, a process which is still going on now. We
don't want to get a space and keep it empty. Our idea is that the space
should also have 1-2 computers connected to the internet and be a meeting
and documentation room for activists. Anyway, please contact us if you want
to make a donation: a book that you don't like anymore, something that you
published or you distribute. We are here and any help is welcome. The news
on this is that we already found a place to start this info-shop (there are
actually 2 alternatives), which has a relatively small rent. So, we hope
that it will be just a matter of time before Aactiv-ists have their own
place in Timisoara. Now, also small (and we mean SMALL!) money donations can
help this go on. Once the latest issue of Slogan zine is out the Aactiv-ist
Library will be available online; meaning that people from other cities can
get books, tapes or zines copied for really cheap prices and sent to them,
where they can start their own thing if they want.

AACTIV-IST Publications

            A sad fact in Romania is that the system prohibited anarchist
publications, so we have reached the ´record´ of having 2 crap studies about
anarchism in the past 10 years and most recently a translation of Bakunin.
There is no alternative publication in Romania so this is why anarchism has
very bad coverage ever here. It's useless to talk about publication if you
don't have a good distribution. So, we will settle with doing some fanzines
and from time to time booklets, at least for the moment.



.Food Not Bombs action in Timisoara for the A31 global day of action against
the WSSD in Johannesburg

.Solidarity with Salzburg in Romania.

.Smash the Mac! Smash the BigMac!

      The first action against McDonald's in Romania!

      16th of october, global day of action against mcdonalds.

.The story of a Romanian anarchist arrested in Germany.

."Anarchism - the past and the present" a study on anarchism by the SRI
(Romanian secret police)

."Gardianul" (the guardian): A newspaper's campaign against anarchists

.Rosia Montana: Cyanide in a Community: Ecology, Corporate Profit, and the
Struggle for People's Rights by Stefania Simion and Kai Frithjof
Brand-Jacobsen, PATRIR

.News: good news and bad news

Food Not Bombs Action in Timisoara for the A31 global day of action against
the WSSD in Johannesburg: 31st of august 2002, Timisoara-Romania: Unirii
Square, 17:00 (5pm)

The third ever FOOD NOT BOMBS action in Romania, in solidarity for the A31
Global Day of Action Against the WSSD in Johannesburg.

            First of all, you must know that actions with free food for the
people are really something new for Romania. The first action took place
early this year when antifascists from Timisoara, Craiova and Bucharest met
in January in Timsoara. The second time was in Craiova for May Day where
free clothes were also given. It seems that some people in Bucharest were
also preparing one at the middle of this summer but no one is sure if the
action really happened or not.

            Even though no actual organization has yet formed in Romania,
different activists seem to enjoy this sort of direct action. This action is
very effective because it also shows one of the many negative side effects
(more street kids sniffing glue on the streets, more homeless people) of the
politics implemented by the Romanian government out of the agreements made
with the IMF/WB. It is also a practical way to take action in your community
while talking about other issues.

            So, this is why we decided that it was the best action to do for
the A31, because it's connected to the food problems here in Romania and
also internationally. Because of the events that happened then,  the last
week we decided not to do a street blockade anymore.

            The collective who prepared and distributed the food was an
international one, with people from Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ireland, USA
and it worked wonderfully.

            In the end we distributed 50 kg of vegan potato stew and 20 kg
of salad that everybody in the square enjoyed. The food was prepared in the
house where the AACTIV-IST INFOSHOP is, somewhere at the end of Timisoara.
Thanks to people there for everything.

            This time, having the experience of the previous FNB action, we
made posters announcing it. The poster also had info on it about the FOOD
NOT BOMBS movement and what's happening in Johannesburg.

A critical mass bike-protest was also prepared, but because of practical
reasons (like broken and stolen bikes) we had to give up on that idea.

            In the evening, in tune with the anti-corporate/DIY spirit there
was a party with no entrance fee, attended by 200 people, where everyone had
the chance to play.

Delete the elite! Smash the WEF! Solidarity with Salzburg in Romania.

            The WEF is an exclusive, un-elected, invite-only organisation. A
'think tank' and a driving force behind the global economy. A must for
becoming a member of the WEF is to have than 1billion US$ turnover every
year. So, it's a club for the most wealthy and profitable corporations of
the world. Incorporated -by lifetime president Klaus Schwab- since 1971 as a
foundation, the WEF claims to be "independent, impartial and not-for-profit,
tied to no political, partisan or national interests."  It has a
consultative status with the United Nations.  Members include: 1000 CEOs
from the world's top (sic) multi-national corporations. Academics,
trade-ministers, heads of state, and elite media also attend as guests. The
WEF holds its annual meeting in the small ski resort town of Davos in the
Swiss Alps.  According to the WEF this meeting is now considered the global
summit that defines the political, economic and business agenda for the
year.  The WEF's summits allow the richest and most powerful corporations in
the world to mingle with trade representatives from nations, and with each
other, to make business deals and determine global political and economic
policies. According to the WEF, it initiated the World Trade Organisation
(WTO), the focus of protest in Seattle last year.  Its 1982 annual meeting
in Davos brought together cabinet members of major countries with heads of
international organisations, such as the World Bank, IMF, and GATT. This
special Informal Gathering of Trade Ministers from 17 countries organised
the launch of the Uruguay Round, which is where the WTO was founded. This is
just one significant example of how the WEF, driven by its corporate agenda,
shapes the political, economic and social landscape.  The way, the WEF takes
influence, is that it brings together important decision-makers, especially
politicians and leaders in economy, and gives them the possibility of
setting up informal arrangements out of public attention. A new tactic of
the WEF is to invite NGO`s such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace, to
strengthen their credibility as an independent, responsible and open forum.
Of course the negotiations with the NGO`s are strictly informal, so they
never lead to binding results. Our actions against the WEF are the beginning
of communicating our struggles, learning to co-operate, and working towards
an alternative to the violent world order that enforces exploitation and
inequality across the globe.

            Between September 15 and 18 the Aactiv-ist collective prepared
the first edition of the AACTIV-IST video festival. This festival, we
thought, would be the best way to spread the message about what's going on
in Salzburg.

            The festival was supposed to happen in Timisoara, because some
people from here were interested in it. We also had gotten support from 2
"artsy fartsy" clubs for making this thing happen. But, because of some
misunderstandings the indymedia tapes got in a bit later than we'd hoped,
but still on time;  we never thought we'd have them on time and because of
that we didn't make enough "noise about it." So, the whole thing had to be
delayed, but, still some people wanted it to take place.

            Again the home where the Aactiv-ist infoshop is, was the place
where everything happened. During 3 days films were shown all night at the
place. The movies were about protests at last year's WEF meeting in
Salzburg, and footage from protests in DC, Seattle, Prague, Genoa, Quebec.
There were also movies about Reclaim The Streets, squatting in Barcelona,
Itoiz Dam, the struggle in India and others. Since everybody thought that
this was a great idea and in the end this was only the first part. It will
be followed by the actual AACTIV-IST VIDEO FESTIVAL, which might take place
either on the international, anti-McDonalds day or during local actions
against the NATO meeting in November. The festival, again, will take place
in Timisoara, and will contain more info on the topics of that specific
action (McDonalds/NATO), as well as extra information about the WEF. The 3rd
and final step will be to take the festival to Craiova as well so that other
people from all over the country that couldn't come to Timisoara, can come
and watch.

Smash the Mac! Smash the BigMac!: The first action Anti-McDonald's in

16th of october, global day of action against mcdonalds.

            So, the 16th of october was the global day of action against
McDonald'ss. All over the world people met and organised actions against
McDonalds restaurants.

            In Romania we also had an action, the first ever against a
McDonald's. It took place in Timisoara, a city in the west of the country,
where capitalism is rising faster than in other places in Romania. "They"
say this is a good thing, but we know it's not true.

            Anyway, back to the action. It started at 3 o'clock in the
afernoon in the center of town, Piata Operei/Victoriei (the square where,
they say, the revolution started). So, there you have the naughty Aactiv-ist
Collective in its favorite place, the street.

            35-40 people joined the action, which was a real surprise.
Because not everyone was used with this kind of noisy direct action we
decided to take out our tools: flags, banners and stones (hehe!). In the end
this proved to be one of the mistakes we made, because we shocked everyone
and they didn't know how to react.

            So, we said to ourselves: we go and have a nice little action
giving free apples to the and pass out leaflets about mcdonalds. We then
talk to people about the things McDonald's is doing.       There was also
some street theatre: a mad, juggling devil, wearing a "fuck mc!" t-shirt
with a "WC" (instead of "MC") sign, yelling all the time. The devil gave a
little competition to the McDonald's by screaming "what do you choose: free
health or death for money?" The anti-Mc devil did his job well, as did the
kids passing out apples and leaflets and people around the square got the

            Even more important, some people actually left the McDonald's.
The manager of the restaurant made some phone call (we assume it was either
to the police or his superiors), and the  assistant manager came outside to
talk to us. He asked us if we represented some organisation, we said "NO! We
represent ourselves, we hate McDonald's and we came to tell the people why!"
Then he asked us why we hate the Mc? We said that "it destroys and polutes
the environment, exploits workers, manipulates kids, sells unhealthy food,

            I saw on his face that he agreed with us when he heard that the
workers at McDonald's are treated bad, paid shit and have no rights to
unionize, but what could he do? Then we said to him that we were not there
to make trouble for the employees at the McDonald's. We hate the mac, not

            After that we took some photos with the devil and the Mcworker,
and he remembered why the manager had sent him outside, because he started
saying that maybe these things weren't true, and the food wasn't bad. This
was somehow transformed into a public debate there, and we proved once again
that we could handle it.

            We also had 2 former McDonald's employees working with us at the
action and they explained one more time about the quality of the food and
the conditions, you know, all the things that make you love mcdonald's. In
the end we finished the apples and the leaflets and we let the assistant
manager go back to his work.

            We started to leave the square for a pub where we could talk
about how things had gone at the action. Some people stood around a bit
longer in the square and didn't leave with the whole goup and were stopped
by the police. Hehe! The police was so lazy that they didn't even make it on
time to the action in the center of the city. They came too late, and the
people who were stopped for questioning just ignored them; by this time the
action was already over and  they were just normal citizens

            Later in the evening we were also joined by some swedish
activists that came to romania wanting to do an anti-sexism project.

            This was the third action this year, the second in less than 2
months (so, our plan to do a monthly action in Timisoara will stay!) without
any permits from the cityhall. It seems that people have started to enjoy
this kind of action, and we are beginning to figure out how to make them
more fun and interesting.

            Let's face it though, we're still long way from doing it as
right as we should! There were only two things that some of us wish we could
have done extr: 1) have banners and flags with us, and maybe different kinds
of leaflets and 2) we made a huge mistake by not entering the restaurant and
trying to create a little chaos in there even if only for a few minutes.
This way we would have made our point having fun and also given a short
break to the employees.        Nevermind that, next time we'll know how to
handlle a McDonald's. And one last thing: some people had been prepared to
do some other actions during the night, but then decided that it was not
safe for different reasons.

            The conclusion is: if you really want to fight McDonald's you
shouldn't do it just on the 16th of october, any day is good enugh to fight
McDonald's! And let's not forget the "Stop the McGlobalisation!" ska party
we threw on Friday, which was also a success. The Pink Panthers are taking
over the city! Aactiv-ist might just be ready to pull a big one in
solidarity with Prague! Stop NATO!


The story of a Romanian anarchist arrested in Germany

            G. is a Romanian anarchist who attended the NoBorder camp in
Jena, Germany and got arrested at an antifascist rally in the city of Gera
for wearing a mask. We know that this might be not such a big thing, but we
would also like to know more about the legal situation in these kinds of
cases. If there is someone who could write us about this. Opinions or
solidarity messages are welcome at: cnvhelp@yahoo.com (G.) or
pinkpanthers@k.ro (Aactiv-ist collective). Here is the story in his own

            "The whole thing happened in July 2002, during the noborder camp
(grenzcamp) in Jena-Germany (check: www.nadir.org/camp02). The action on
that day was in Gera, a town 40 km from Jena. There was an antifascist rally
together with a group of asylum seekers from the asylum seekers' centre in
Gera. The 250-300 persons at the demo were surrounded by around  1000
policemen the entire time. The trouble started when I covered my face with a
Palestinian scarf. This happened about one hour before the end of the demo.
Shortly after I put the scarf on my face a guy came and warned me about the
fact that I should take it down because in Germany it is illegal to mask
yourself at demos. He told me that they will try to arrest me and that I
should be very careful. It was impossible for me to escape this situation
because I had already been filmed and all the cops were following me. The
demo ended in one square, and after that a big part of the participants
started to leave. We remained there, us (the 4 Romanians) and a few other
dozen people who knew about my situation and stayed there to help defend me.
The square was surrounded and all the streets around were blocked by
intervention cars of BGS (German intervention police ). Shortly after a big
part of the cops mobilised in the area where I was, and soon they attacked
in force trying to pass the people who were in front of me. I was lucky and
got away because the others jumped to help me; they pushed, hit and threw
stones at the cops and the cops were forced to give up. Once everything
seemed to have ended I changed my clothes several times and headed back to
the car we were supposed to go back to the camp with. At the moment when I
was next to the car, I didn't even have time to realise what was happening
because, I was taken by the coppers. They took me to the police station
where they checked my Id's and all that stuff. They even checked my ass.
Then, they put me under arrest. It was about 8:30-9:00 PM. The only thing I
wanted then was some rest, because I was very tired. After about 4-5 hours
they took me to a room where there was a German policeman and a Romanian
translator. They asked me why I had put the scarf on my face and where it
was now (I gave it to someone before the arrest). This was not a big thing,
I got out of there pretty quick because I told them that I put the scarf on
my face because I was sick with asthma (I was really sick but not of asthma)
and that this was the reason for putting the scarf on my face (I had an
asthmatic episode). It seems that they believed this. Then the organisers of
the demo came and after 20-30 minutes they let me go and told me that they
will send a letter to the organiser of the demo containing the decision of
the judge. I didn't get that letter to the day I write this, so I can't tell
what's next because I don't know either.

"Anarchism - the past and the present" a study on anarchism by the SRI
(Romanian secret police)

Historical Anarchism

            The word "anarchist" was first used 150 years ago by Pierre
Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865)- a salon philosopher who supported the idea of a
"new, natural social order." His instigatory ideas and eccentric
slogans -"property is theft," "family is rape" (encouraging a sexual
libertinage which was tempting even Karl Marx at that point) created high
sales for his pamphlets. These ideas were then taken up on a more political
level by a Russian exile, Mihail Alexandrovich Bakunin (1814-1876), who, in
the name of this "new, natural social order," was conceiving the destruction
of the state, the family, the nation and of religion. The radicalism of this
"libertarian" vision attracted some fringe elements and resulted in the
formation of an individual structure, the Anarchist International, in 1872,
whose leadership was ulteriorly assumed by another Russian exile, the prince
Piotr Alexeievich Kropotkin (1842-1921). A deserting officer, Kropotkin
found his path by prophesising the imminent destruction of order in those
times, and the beginnings of a new society, based on pacifism, cooperation
and decentralisation. The works he published in the 1885-1902 period gave
much food for thought not only to anarchists but to social-democrats as
well. As a consequence, a century later we find, in a far more elaborated
fashion, his ideas at the base of some institutions functioning on an
European level, like the syndicalist confederations, in the dialogues
syndicates-government-ownership, the coopting of syndicates, the coop credit
system, mutual aid offices, and the subsidising of local and regional power,

            But the greatest part of anarchist adepts was formed by fringe
elements and adventurous sociopaths who were not interested in ideas, but in
assassinations. The most "remarkable" of the latter was the Italian Errico
Malatesta (1853-1932), a revolutionary maniac, ex-prisoner, with 3 death
penalty sentences against him. In contrast to the relatively evolved
theories of utopian anarchism, Malatesta launched the slogan "propaganda by
the deed"-meaning assassination attempts, revolts, and terrorist acts. This
was a very radical way of rationalising (if one can call it such): if
anarchism is the only "natural" order, all of society goes against "nature"
and therefore is easily destroyed through violence. Under his influence, the
Anarchist International transformed itself into the Terrorist International,
with its members committing a variety of assassinations between 1890 and
1892. The results were contrary to those hoped for: world order was not even
shaken, and instead anarchists became police targets across all borders. The
Anarchist International quit its activity and the members which managed to
escape without jail time chose non-violent syndicalist-activism; founding
between 1902 and 1910 the first large confederations in France, Spain and
the USA. Even by the first years of the 20th century, true anarchism was
already a part of the past. Its decline was only accelerated when in the
1920s the apparent success of the Bolshevik revolution brought to the
communist side the ranks of the dissatisfied. The few anarchist nuclei left
self-destructed, the final act taking place in 1929, in Barcelona, where,
right after the conquest of the city, the Iberian Anarchist Federation was
dissolved with the automatics of General Franco's men. Only a few nostalgics
were left, who in 1968, in Carrara, Italy, tried to start an International
Anarchist Federation, in the hopes that that they could relaunch the wave of
protests in France. It was all in vain.

Pseudo-Anarchism (bike-chain anarchism)

            Four decades after the disappearance of the last "serious"
anarchist groups, the term was taken up by a music group, today forgotten,
who launched the album "Anarchy in the UK," in a wave of mass publicity, in
London. No connection to the "libertarian" philosophy. Based on the group's
authors, Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious, the main message was to get kids to
rise up against their parents. In fact the true idea behind the Sex Pistols
was to get over the crisis the music industry experiencing between 1976 and
1980. This new fashion (called "punk" in the UK and "new wave" in the USA)
had a certain appeal including amongst the fringe, who were dressing up in
black and would start up fights to support the anarchist ideals when they
went to concerts.

            In fact the "punk" phenomenon only created the opportunity for
confrontations amongst violent hooligan groups who never lost one chance to
turn sports' or cultural events into bloody fights. The winner was the one
who handled his bicycle chain the best. A rather difficult period followed,
especially for the authorities, but gradually the violent elements were
identified and neutralised- anarchism was not an excuse for the violence
committed. Coincidentally as this phenomenon was taken under control, in the
1980s, new technology was coming out which made it possible to conduct
facial and voice scans. This allowed the quick identification of those
implicated in turbulent actions no matter how much they might have tried to
switch disguises during their actions. As can be seen on the news the
dissenters usually only get a doze of teargas in the face, but consequently,
without any apparent motive, these individuals are met with all sorts of
obstacles when trying to find a job or just attempting to take money out
from an ATM. Nobody wants to deal with sociopaths who think "property is

            And so, this phenomenon has become rather rare, with the only
significant echoes left in the United States. Across the Atlantic this "new
wave" left behind, some self-described anarchist groups, formed by lowly,
violent individuals. We are talking about "Clautostrophobia" from Baltimore,
"Raze the Walls" from Georgia, "Anarchohood" from California or the
"Atlantic Anarchist Circle" from the North of the United States.

            In the 1990s a new culture of gratuitous violence developed in
this environment with rather serious implications. One such case is that of
the Anarchist Utopian Party, whose leader William White, maintained an inter
net page in which he asked the youth to get him weapons and make home-made
bombs, and even more so to use them in assassinating their fellow students
and professors. Obviously he was asking others to do this, because he was
not crazy enough to try these acts on his own. Initially these calls went
ignored, but later it was found out that his sociopathic activism inspired
mentally unstable adolescents, causing a few bloody incidents in American
schools, sometimes resulting in dozens of victims. Currently this phenomenon
has shown its face in Europe, and recently in Germany, where a mentally
unstable man killed several students, professors and one policeman during
the graduation exams.

            Amongst these self-described "anarchist" groupings with
terrorist inclinations are numbered the "Michigan Militia," a paramilitary
organization, who was connected to Timothy McVeigh, the author of the
Oklahoma City bombing, recently executed by lethal injection. We are also
talking about xenophobic groups, acting out in regions which are difficult
to access, made up of people who are on the fringes of American society
generally having been influenced by bad education, family violence and
fanaticism with some mystical tendencies. After the attempts of September
11th, the United States state institutions have taken a variety of measures,
which are extremely efficient and all point towards this fringe category,
considered a supporter of such potential terrorist attacks.

            As far as the music world is concerned, it has gotten rid of
such elements since the early 1980s. The main re-inventor of anarchism, Sid
Vicious, died of an over-dose in 1979, and the Sex Pistols broke up. The
years that followed marked the emergence of the "rap" revolution and then
that of the "techno" one. The ex-anarcho-punks from the West got old, some
of them in jails. Others were luckier and were able to find themselves
forgotten at the margins of society.

Anarchism in Romania?

            Anarchism has no historical roots in our country. A century ago,
in the "belle epoque" of classical anarchism, a few nuclei were formed in
Romania, but fell apart quickly-enforced especially by militants from
Tsarist Russia, but which even at that time provoked a reticence on behalf
of the masses. In addition, Romania had even then organizations of national
security, which never treated with care the anarcho-terrorist tendencies.

            Still, in some marginal groups in other parts there exists the
very wrong perception that in Romania you can try things that you would not
in your own country. In this way yearly foreign infractors are
caught-paedophiles, anarcho-punks, low class mobsters, hashish and weapon
traffickers, satanists and so on. The most important cases are shown on TV,
the rest are allowed to go back home, where their national police awaits
armed with all the information about how they enjoyed their "vacation" time
in our parts.

            Obviously, the actions of a some foreign anarcho-punks to try
and infiltrate the neighbourhood hangouts in Temeshwar, Resita and Craiova,
did not escape the attention of the national security officers. The
anarcho-punks had advocated (through music, online sites and also through
the Craiova Anarcho-Front, craiovafront.go.ro) ideas like: "if God truly
existed he should be gotten rid of," "we identify as anti-nationals, without
a Romania, laws or class" or "any army must be eliminated and the entire
population should be armed to get ride of any monopoly over the armed

            Initially the anarcho punks from abroad got in touch with the
local youth through the branches of distribution of pirated music and hard
porn. In order to distribute the latter, they started relatively small
groups of marginalised persons, generally dependent on drugs or alcohol,
who, under the influence of the foreigners, slowly adopted in a rather
puppet-like fashion, the clothing-style, language and the pseudo-anarchist
concepts of the "punk generation."

Manual for civil disobedience

            After the legislation in regards to copyright was passed, those
implicated in illegal activities were confronted with the proper authorities
(ie. Police, etc.) and the foreigners were forced to leave, who never
stepped foot again in Romania, having plenty of explanations to give back in
their home countries. A few dozen of local "anarcho-fronters" &
"undergrounders" were left, who theorise sporadically on "the strategy to
boycott a bank, a point where the economic collapse has to be
initiated"(material found on the site craiovafront.go.ro), but  who in
reality are trying to spread their activities from video-traffic to drug
traffic- the latter all in the name of the anarchist cause.  Far from being
a pretence, the publicising of anarchist ideas have constituted of an
aggravating aspect: the antisocial and even criminal activities of those
activating on a national level. At this same time we have marked the decline
of "anarcho-frontism." Many of these sociopaths are asking themselves even
now how they got caught. Well, some played a little too much online,
popularising "the anarchist guide" or "a guide to civil disobedience,"
frequenting sites specialised in bestiality and sado-masochism. They soon
found that the use of pirated software is a penal offence, and the visiting
of certain controversial materials online can even lead to the destruction
of your hard-disk. Others graffittied public buildings thinking that no one
could see them at night. Eventually they realised they should look around
more carefully, but more so to respect public and private property-whose
destruction can have penal consequences. The last and most naive of them
tried to spread cannabis and anarchist literature in the schools, giving the
students advice to get rid of their teachers or maybe blow up their schools.
Quickly they met face to face with the "undercovers" who generally know
where and how to catch them in the act.

Nomad anarchists

            For some time there was contact between anarcho-punks abroad and
those in the marginalised areas of Temeshwar, Craiova and even Bucharest.
But around 1999-2000, the westerners understood in Romania it's hard to
portray yourself as an anarcho-punk, so they opened up the dictionary under
"Interpol" and straightened themselves out and now avoid Romania. But some
of the anarcho-punks from Balkans have yet learn this lesson. If in
1991-1992 Romania was marked by an invasion of the 4 wheeled carts, in 2001
we found ourselves invaded by another set of trash, in this case of the
musical kind, popularised by Yugoslav street-musicians specialised in
weddings, ex-circus orchestras from Hungary, or Croat marching bands, with
such names as "Brian Damage," "Dead Beats," or "AK47." It's hard to consider
these lost souls, who go from one corner of Europe to the other, eating what
they find or are given for nothing, playing for a bottle of cheap alcohol or
a bit of hashish, "anarchists" in the full meaning of the word. Still, the
precedent for this phenomenon remains: data gathered over decades in the USA
and many Western-European states have shown that in these marginalised
groups infiltrated by pseudo-anarchist ideas, assassin students, serial
killers and psychopath criminals have been recruited. As a consequence, the
evolution of such groups are always under surveillance and the first
attempts at the creation of a punk scene in collaboration with the
anarcho-fronters in Craiova between August and September 2001 was a complete
failure. After the foreign musicians set up their tents on the edge of
landfills, their local fans tried to convince the county officials of the
necessity to set up a political-punk concert, either at the city-airport, or
the best local beach. The locals, confronted with the avalanche of drinking,
orgies, fights and robberies figured things out fast: the airport
authorities refused to allow these concerts, fearing, rightly so, that they
might have left the place without windows. In the case of the beach, they
let the dogs loose on them (the anarchists who, according to reports, had
stolen all the beach furniture a few days prior). And so the foreigners
gathered up their tents and went back home, giving up on the concert. After
a series of similar failures, the Anarcho-Front was left with only a few
members. The ex-leaders of this group, are now trying to erase their traces
by selling porn-videos on the street corners of Bucharest and Timisoara to
earn enough for a little beer or hard liquor, and in their free time they
are promoting "pacifism" and "anti-fascism" through various organizations,
who have no clue about their past criminal records.

            Under these conditions, one cannot speak about an "anarchist
phenomenon" in Romania. In any case, the actions of these known, marginal
individuals with such ideas, are always in the eye of the public, the same
as their groups and musicians from abroad, whose "politico-musical"
activities(robberies, drunkenness, destruction of property, fights, traffic
of drugs and obscene materials) continues to be sporadic throughout our

            Any potential "anarchist" activity, from abroad or national,
under the category of punk or "pacifist" is immediately brought to
attention, the same as it would be in other European countries. As the
experience of the last years has shown, preventive action, along with
adequate follow-up measures have managed to discourage violent reaction, or
any other actions that might endanger the security of citizens, national
interest, or the fundamental rights of the nation.

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