Thursday, April 03, 2008

The last time I checked the Romanian anarchist site Contra-Doxa was still down due to the cyber attack launched against them. Going through other anarchist sites from the Balkans I found some others that seem to have been attacked in the same way. Yet the internet is like a river. dam it in one place and it finds another channel. here's another article on the recent events in Bucharest, this one from the London Indymedia.
Violent Repression At NATO Summit in Romania

At approximately 12:30pm on 2nd April hundreds of Romanian police violently raided a convergence center in Bucharest, the country's capital. The convergence space was set up to facilitate an anti-NATO gathering and was legally rented. It is reported that during the raid at least two protesters were hospitalized. Various reports state people are badly beaten while in custody and even while taken to hospital. Numerous people are reported to be seriously injured and some have been refused medical assistance while in custody.

It is estimated that 46 people have been arrested. No demonstration or action had happened before the raid and all the arrests were made inside the convergence center. Police officers were masked and reportedly very aggressive towards journalists trying to access the scene. The convergence center is located near the center of Bucharest, which is hosting a NATO summit that just got underway today. It is estimated that up to 27,000 police officers, military, snipers and secret police are 'guarding' the city. The security alert code yellow has been announced, meaning that all demonstrations are forbidden in the whole city amongst other restrictive laws.

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