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(en) Romania, craiova in action?

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 9 Dec 2003 21:17:55 +0100 (CET)

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on the night of 6 to 7 december, the police from craiova launched a new
repressive operation against caf-fac (craiova anarho front - antifascist
front craiova). the anarchists and antifascists from craiova used to
meet in a bar called keops, where come only rockers and punks, to
prevent any attempt of the extrme right organisation (new right) to make
propaganda among rockers (in romania many rockers identify themselves
with nationalism and fascism). in the last months this bar was the
target of many police raids (directly or undercover) sometimes under the
pretext of protecting the bar !?
used to the provocations of the police (informers, colaborators or agent
provocateurs) caf-fac members tried to avoid any incidents in the bar
area in that night. but one of us left to walk his girlfriend home and
was attacked by 5 persons wich earlier tried to provoke scandal in the
bar. his girlfriend managed to give a phonecall (again they will say
that terrorists use high tech equipment, in romania not all people have
cell phones) and more than 10 anarchists and antifascists managed to
intervene in time. our friend was badly beaten, a motiv for wich the 5
attackers were beaten even worse.
imediatly the police apeared, but not like always: 4 vans with
riot police and (surprise!?) 2 ambulances. things degenerated in a short
fight in wich were hit several policemen in plain clothes. this thing
advantaged in a weird way the 4 arrested anarchists (the rest managed to
escape). the policemen prefered to get revenged and beat the 4 instead
of giving them very big fines. so, the mannier the punches they took,
the smaller the fines were. it must be said that one of them was very
badly beaten by the police and needs a few days of medical care, and
another one negociated!! the fine from 70 000 000 lei (1750 euros) to 4
000 000 lei (100 euros). the 4 arested anarchists refused to give any
informations to the police, but were set free receveing each a fine: one
of 50 euro and 2 smaller of 17,5 euro (2 000 000 lei, and 700 000
lei in romania the medium wage is 100 euro).
to prevent the eventual actions in court of the police, the beaten
anarchists tried to obtain medical certificates but the doctors refused,
saying that they don't have the necessary stamps to make the legal
papers. they talked to a lawyer, wich refused to defend them and
advised them to pay the fines.
but the big surprise came the second night evening when the biggest tv
channel in romania (pro tv) showed a report about the satanist movement
from calafat (a small city south of craiova) that became a big threat
and gave birth to the anarchist movement in craiova, that "encourages
the population to civil disobedience" , but the images showed were from
the caf demo from 1997 from craiova!!!!!
this is the new tactic of the romanian police that uses
mass-media to prevent any protests against violence, abuses and
repression. (when raids against gipsies take place, appear news in the
media about thefts, murders and rapes made by gipsies.) so the
repression against minorities(gipsies or anarchists) is made with full
force and with the approval of the public opinion that feels "threatened".

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