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(en) Romania, Craiova, Anarchist scene <Coppied from alter-ee>

From caf fac <libertatera@yahoo.com>
Date Wed, 9 Apr 2003 10:34:18 +0200 (CEST)

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C.A.F. is an initiative group of young people: boys and
girls, whose number is unfortunately influenced by the
social and political conditions in Romania.
C.A.F. appeared in 1997 from the remains of the dead
"Underground Movement", due to the need of action to
radicalize the movement of the youth in our town and in
order to offer a real alternative and to oppose a
resistance at least as much as the oppression. So, C.A.F
remains a small group of action, underground for the
moment, which decided to get to the light through its

> Short history
In Craiova the punk movement appeared in the first half
of the ?80s, strongly related to the anarchist ideas, being
from the begining more than a musical movement. It
represented a moment of change for the youth of that
days, being the idea from which the solidarity in the
fight for liberty -in a totalitarian system- was born.

In those dark years the communist propaganda spoke to
us about the Western World?s decline, giving as
examples the punk groups made up by "no future" young
people and bands with left sided ideas. This doesn?t
mean that the repressive organs in Romania would have
accepted something like this in our country, although
the youth here had the same problems due to the
complete failure of the communist experiment. In the
last communist years the unemployment, the lack of
houses and food ( although they were rationalized on a
card, they didn?t exist), the lack of things to wear of
decent quality, the cult of the leader?s paranoic
personality, the abuse of the repressive organs, the total
destruction of man?s personality, had transformed the
everyday life in a black concentration camp.

Thus our fight for liberty was based on a profound hate
against the so called communism. The red flag with the
sickle and the hammer represented and represents the
nazi flag with swastika.

In school we received an anti - racist education and even
an ecological one, while the politic regime was exactly at
the other pole, a stupid ultranationalism which
persecuted gypsies and hungarians, doubled by a forced
industrialization which destroyed the environment.

After the Revolution (1989), we slowly began to learn
what capitalism meant in Romania, the terror of the
state property slowly switched in to the terror of the
private property. The former members of "the Party"
and the most greedy "important" people took advantage
of the chaos of the first years of transition.

The State still remain very powerful, this "democracy" is
nothing but another form of totalitarism, the control and
repression are maybe more efficient then in the
communist years.

The society and the individual continue to be the main
target of the manipulation, propaganda and of the
dehumanization. The capitalist promises for a
prosperous future, that requires huge sacrifices in the
present, prove to be simple utopias, but the public
opinion is disinformed and prevented from finding an

The phantom of communism and now the terrorist
threats make almost impossible a resistance

After ?89, the young punks in Craiova tried to create
their own alternative, their own future, in a different way
from the society.

At the beginning of the ?90s the Underground Movement
was created, and using the pretext of promoting the
punk music, tried to create a subculture of resistance.
Even from the beginning, the punk concerts were
forbidden, but the police harsh intervention needed a
more radical response.

Once created, this punk scene was used to promote
anarchist ideas. We understood that the alternative
can't b? built in parallel to an intolerant society and
with the state.

In this way our fight was a double one: on one hand we
tried to maintain the individuality but also the
solidarity, on the other hand we tried to destroy the
preconceived ideas and the social conventions.

>From the search for our own personality we realized the
necessity of a total liberty. Thus we became the
contestants of the society of consumers.

The moment our movement became stronger, and our
alternative was more visible, and this example became
that dangerous that the state used its repressive force to
protect the nonvalues imposed by the society imitating
the western capitalism.

In 1997 most of the mass - media started a huge
denigration campaign of the Underground members. We
got used to accusations of satanism, the principal one
being of gathering new members and that of

Taking advantage of the big number of members and
sympathizers, more or less than 50, we created a
spontaneous public protest in the center down town. We
tried to explain that we are a cultural and non-politic
movement. The press didn?t take us serious and the
police let us believe that we won?t be punished for that

Even from 1996 the Secret Services tried to create
informers inside the Underground Movement. They put
pressure on the families, they went in our schools or
work places so that many of the members were
intimidated and returned to a normal life.

Although we have been continually harassed by the
police and the Secret Services, this didn?t do anything
but to strengthen our will to fight. We started to
communicate more with the ones in other towns like
Timisoara and Bucharest. We try to coordinate as much
as possible our actions.

For the moment, because of the small number of people
implicated and the ignorance or the bad will of the other
people, our action mainly aim at sensitizing of the public
opinion, to the exposure of the lies and of the
noxiousness of the capitalist society, of the policies of
the parties (right or left) and at anarchist propaganda.
We try to make people more interested in what happens
around them or with their own person and their true
needs, destroying the selfishness myth and that of false
competition. More precisely, we are speaking about
magazines, pamphlets, graffiti, punk concerts and (not
rarely) about direct confrontations with the ones trying
to limitate our freedom.

Now we are followed everywhere by Secret Services
agents and things become harder to be done. Despite all
these, we succeeded in doing something that attracted
the attention of the public opinion.

During the election campaign from 2000, there was the
threat that the leader of the extreme right party - V.C.
Tudor, a little bit stalinist, a little bit hitlerist - might
become the president. We had to take attitude and after
we were allowed to demonstrate against the extreme
right ideas by the local authorities, we got out in the
streets - about 30 people - with red and black flags and
antifascist banners.

We talked to the passer-by and we did a small test: a
hundred people signed against, and only one signed on
the pro-fascist list. Many people sympathized with us
while the gypsies were really interested in becoming
members of our movement, as they had been directly
threatened to be exterminated. It didn?t matter that the
press ignored all this event because we succeeded in
expressing our ideas.

Unfortunately we became again "too dangerous", and the
authorities tempered us, destroying the bound between
the members once more. We had to get used to the
small underground actions done with serious
compromises. Instead we took part at the actions in
Timisoara, one of the most successful being "Food Not
Bombs", a tour around the city which stopped in front of
the McDonald?s and which transformed into a real
public discussion against militarization and war.

In september 2001, we tried to organize in Craiova an
Alternative Art Festival to which we invited many
foreign bands (from USA, Germany, Croatia, Yugoslavia).
In the last moment the authorities succeeded in
stopping us by puting great pressure on the people that
would have rented us the necessary piece of land.
Finally, we had to be satisfied that we had at least a
concert, with the police at the entry. We, somehow, were
happy because we established friendly relationships with
guys from other countries.

On May the 1st 2002 we got from the authorities
permission for a photo and paintings exhibition, to take
place in one of Craiova?s squares. More over, we also
placed special spots for slogans, red and black flags and
distributed propaganda materials and most important -
we also organized a Food Not Bombs action, we gave
food and clothes to the poor people. These and the 50
members attracted the attention of the public and the

Next, we took part to a meeting that took place during
the biggest syndicate strike in the last 15 years.
Unfortunately, we were only 20 people. The policemen
tried to prevent us from entering the center of the town
were the demonstration was. Unexpectedly the
syndicalist workers and other people in the streets
defended us so we could participate to the event. We
distributed pieces of writing that were widely accepted
by the participants to the meeting which truly
manifested their sympathy to us. This time, the press
was especially interested in the presence of the
anarchists. On this ocasion we succeeded in proving to
the people that the anarchist movement in Craiova does
not represent a threat for them and that it is made up of
pupils, students and workers who have the same
problems as they do and who try to help them or even
gather them in their fight for a better life.

Our implication in this manifest didn?t do anything but
to worsen our relationship with the authorities.

This last important event that we took part in,
happened exactly when the Secret Romanian Service
completed their report about the anarchist
organizations, sustaining that they died and that their
members deal with drugs, pornography, child abuses,
zoofily and extreme violence.

Some C.A.F. members took part to the anti-racist and
anti-fascist demonstrations and camps this summer in
Germany, being invited by our friends in Weimar. They
also participated together with the members of
Barricada from Boston at the No Border Camp and
demonstrations in Strasbourg, France.

For the moment we are passing again through a bad
period due to the financial problems, the internal lack of
understanding and not the least because of the
authorities threats.

We hope that this period will pass as soon as possible
and that our fight won?t stop only to surviving. For us
there is no resignation, but death.

Antiwar demo in first march. Is a whole story about how
we can organize this kind of protest now when all
mainstream media are against us and all the state
propaganda is focusing on nato integration. We were
forced to colaborate with a troskist-marxist organization
called asociation for the workers emancipation. Some of
the lithers of this organization are friends of us and
maybe they want to change something and have a little
trust in us. But the big majority of them are old senile
and they can not do anything. But with them help we can
take the approbation from the authorities. When we
start the organize and the work to the banners and
placardes C.A.F. was very active. In the beginning we
were not very enthuziastic because we thought we will
can not say what we want to say. But instead we done all
the job so the things became more anarchist than
reformist. But the situation was really saved by our true
comarades from aactivist collective from Timisoara.
They were well prepared the
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