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    Posted December 18, 2013 by
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    The children from Pungesti, warned at school by the riot police: They said that if we don't stop protesting Santa Claus will not come anymore

    The riot police detached at Pungești resorted to a new method of intimidation against the protesters. Seeing that violence doesn’t scare the people, the police went to the local school to scare the children of the protesters. A six year old boy said in front of the camera of an anti shale gas activist how the law enforcement came to school and told them to stop shouting at the mayor’s gate because otherwise Santa Claus will not come to their houses, reports the Romanian newspaper Adevărul (The Truth). „It’s an outrage what’s going on. My little girl is crying when I take her to school. She doesn’t want to go to school anymore. The riot police threatened the children on the street and they told them that they’ll take them away and turn them over to the Social Services if their parents don’t stop protesting “, said a woman from Pungești, in a video recording posted on YouTube. Also the principal of the school in Pungești, Anişoara Răuţă, complained a few days ago to her superiors in Vaslui that the children are suffering from after-effects caused the violence that occurred during the anti-Chevron rallies: „The children were very stressed, they were starting to cry in the classroom, during school hours. When I asked them why, they said that they are scared of what’s going on in the village, of Chevron, of the riot police“. The heads of the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection Vaslui took notice and declared that they will start an investigation, following the press reports. Riot police officials denied the accusations. „There were employees of the riot police, but only before 2nd of December, who performed preventive-educational activities in the schools in that area. Who has problems and deemed to have been beaten or abused can go and file an official complaint to the competent authorities“, said Marius Ţăranu, spokesperson of the Bacău riot police.

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