Violent Repression At NATO Summit in Romania

At approximately 12:30pm today (03/04/08) 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 costudy and even while taken to hospital. Numerous people are reported to be seriously injured and some have been refused medical assistance while in costudy.

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.

Indymedia articles: Riot police storms convergence centre at Bucharest anti- NATO protests | Massive Repression during the NATO Summit in Romania | Anti-NATO Convergence Centre in Bucharest attacked by Anti-Terror Police | Breaking News: Mass Arrests during NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania | Mass Arrest of demonstrators in Bucharest | Anti NATO activists faced police brutality

Other media: Massive Repression during the NATO Summit in Romania | Videos of the raid on the convergence centre | Photos of mass arrests

Links: Indymedia Romania (english)

All arrests were made before any actions against the NATO summit had taken place and in a context where the authorities have clearly stated they would "not tolerate any opposition" to the NATO summit. The local corporate media has also been in a frenzy about "dangerous anarchists" who are going to descend on the city and break store windows. One TV news report on Realitatea TV yesterday morning encouraged viewers to throw rocks at any demonstrators that they see on the streets. The NATO summit, which will see the expansion of NATO to include countries such as Romania and Ukraine also hosted a visit by President Bush. It is expected part of the summit will be focused on NATO troop deployments in Afghanistan.

Topic revision: r1 - 02 Apr 2008, WietsE
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