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URGENT INTERNATIONAL APPEAL FROM ROMANIA

WARLIKE SITUATION DUE TO CHEVRON FRACKING OPERATIONS

by anonymous


UPDATE: December 7, Romanian protesters storm the work site. 

 

This is spreading rapidly in DGR and European Occupy circles through social media, we're looking for clarification. There are stories in mainstream sources regarding Chevron resuming work today and mention of protests, but not the police operations detailed here. 

URGENT INTERNATIONAL APPEAL FROM ROMANIA - WARLIKE SITUATION DUE TO CHEVRON FRACKING OPERATIONS

Pungesti, Romania under SIEGE from Police Forces and CHEVRON
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December, 2nd, 2013

After facing strong opposition from local community and from a strong national movement of support, Chevron had to scale down activities in Pungesti. Until last night, when the assault started at 5 AM!
Police and CHEVRON joined forces to dismantle the local resistance group camped right on the field where Chevron plans to explore for shale gas. After 2 months of resistance, 40 people were beaten, arrested on their own land and taken to the nearest town for further investigations. The Spokesperson from the Jandarmerie cannot be reached, the media does not have access on the site, and the road to Pungesti is blocked by Chevron equipment and Police intervention cars. 
Children cannot go to school at this point. The road is also blocked for anyone else, the villagers cannot go to work, the press is kept kilometers away from Pungesti. All this was planned in detail by the local authorities, the Police and Chevron to help the company install its shall gas exploring equipment on the site. 
This abusive intervention is without precedent in democratic Romania. It is an irresponsible, dangerous attack on human and civil rights, as recognized worldwide. All these are happening a day after the Romania National Day, in a context of large 3 months national spread protests against fracking and cyanide use in Romania.

Please spread the news and help us rise awareness on this difficult situation in Romania. Wherever you may be. Contact your representatives and ask them to act immediately against this abusive behavior of the Romanian authorities against the people!

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