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    Violent intervention of riot police against fracking oposing population in Pungesti, Romania


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    protests against Chevron shale gas exploration (which would result in exploitation as stated by Romanian law upon simple request by the company) resulted in clashes between riot police and protesters today, 07.12.2013 in Pungesti, Vaslui county, Romania!


    two people were violently beaten up by riot police and are hospitalized!


    several others were abusively arrested!


    Earlier this week, on the 2.12.2013 at 4:30 AM Chevorn had started works for its first probe, accompanied by 1000 Romanian riot police force, which has violently attacked the locals opposing the operations.


    They were camped on the field next to the one concessioned by Chevron for two months and managed to block an attempt of installing the gaz exploration equipment in mid October. At that point Chevron declared to have halted operations in Pungesti until the local community is convinced of the benefits of hydraulic fracturing and agrees to the start of the operations . A local council decision banning fracking and a local referendum was blocked by the autorithies in Vaslui county (of which Pungesti is part).


    More villagers from Pungesti, where the probe is to be installed, particularly those known to oppose shale gas exploration were forcefully removed from their houses by riot police and arrested on the 02.12.2013 , at around 4:30 AM.


    (It is worth mentioning that the 1.12 is the national celebration day of Romania, which sheds an entirely new light on the attack and makes it even more abusive).


    Right now, 4:30 PM, 7.12.2013 people are gathering in solidarity with the events in Pungesti, in Bucharest , the capital, in the University square.


    Riot police is identifying everyone present , despite the fact that spontaneous protests and freedom of speech are a constitutional right acording to article 3 and article 30 of the Romanian constitution.


    People are intimidated and threatened at every public gathering contesting fracking and cyanide use in mining, since protests errupted the 1st of September 2013 in major romanian cities and abroad in front of Romanian embassies.

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