Posts Tagged With: Romania

Revoluția Română

Today is the 24th anniversary of the Romanian Revolution beggining. Everything started in Timişoara, very close to our city, Arad; and soon spread throughout the country. It ultimately resulted in the violent overthrow and execution of longtime President of Romania Nicolae Ceauşescu, and the end of the Socialist Republic of Romania. Romania was under a hard authoritarian regime headed by Ceauşescu for more than 24 years.

Empty_Romanian_Flags

In the first years, the  Ceauşescu´s government is constructed based on repression, austerity, and grandiloquent investment a systematic abuse of the laws. All of this balanced with well proportioned odds at truculent nationalism, and feeding an open challenge to the Soviet Union. In parallel, Romania enjoys a more favorable economic situation, given the growing demand for food that the country is able to provide. Rural areas have abundant cultivable space and an equally nurtured human resources to work with.

coruptie_presa

The leader becomes extremely popular, but never leaves aside the prerogatives of his secret agenda: Party infiltration continues stoking in every social sphere, while giving way to what would become the most feared secret police of the Eastern bloc, the Securitate. This context presents him with the opportunity to paint his figure with the brush of the cult of personality. Official propaganda (focused exclusively on his desires) refers to him with high sounding epithets: ‘‘The Great Conductor,” ”The Genius of the Carpathians” and ”The Danube of Thought.” And the structures fall under his complete dominance: the armed forces the intelligence services, police, media and economic activity in all its dimensions.

215

After his visit to North Korea and China, Ceauşescu wants to transform Romania into an industrial power. For this purpose, initially proposes two major objectives: to increase the birth rate in the country and pay all external debt of Romania. He gets the first goal but the austerity programs to pay the external debt sorted by Ceauşescu, in early 1980, will pass the bill to the quality of life of the population and the rationing of food and heating (from energy shortages, many people die from extreme cold) will do that  the unpopularity of the government and the Communist Party soar. However, major riots don´t occur and the rate of social conflict remains low due to the high discretion displaying repressive leader. The agrarian program designed by the president reconstitution (‘systematization’) exacerbates the problem of food availability. But Ceauşescu not see it that way: the leader has lost all sense of reality. Continue with his agenda, and even conducts public presentations on farms and stables that have been provided previously well-fed animals and plastic fruits and vegetables.

1271884_10201827920241989_659903847_o

It´s such a day like today 24 years ago when started the Timişoara uprising from the Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral (Catedrala Mitropolitană). The protest broke out to repudiate government persecution of a political opponent, embodied in the figure of the Hungarian Reformed church pastor László Tőkés whose had made critical comments against the regime’s Systematization policy and complained that the Romanians don´t even know their human rights to foreign media. State repression leads to the worsening of the social scene, and subsequent days are characterized by demonstrations staged by students, workers and ordinary citizens, who seem to have lost their fear. The Romanian flag with socialist shield ripped from its center becomes a symbol that runs throughout the country.To these reactions, the system responds with an increasingly brutal persecution and accusations of fascist coup and agitation‘.

operei

The last public speech of Nicolae Ceauşescu takes place the 21th on December in the central square of Bucharest. The president proposed to take advantage of what was called a public meeting to be tailor made ​​to condemn the events in Timisoara , and he did. Most citizens boos him and, in an attempt to calm down , advertises ridiculous increases in the minimum salary. But this is not enough: the masses react negatively and his security advisers recommend him that safeguards inside the building. The speech is broadcast live and direct around the country and although the air is removed and replaced with a still image, most of the population has realized that something strange is happening. Everyone naturally turns to the streets in major cities under the slogans of “Death to the dictator” and “Down with the government”. Communist Party committees are looted and set on fire documents.

CD20F20C-663F-48BA-BB1B-41DF5754513C_mw1024_n_s

After that, Ceauşescu and his wife take a helicopter to run away but finally they were arrested by police just hours later. And have no doubt: in the streets, the army also failed to respond, whereas the main references of the state and its activists are executed on the spot. And the same forces which will lead to summary trial the president the 25th on December. After two hours they were executed by a firing squad.

ZIMG_C620

In the wake of the revolution, 1,104 people died, 162 of these occurring in the protests that took place from 16 to 22 December 1989 and brought an end to the Ceauşescu regime and the remaining 942 in the riots before the seizure of power by a new political structure, the National Salvation Front. Most deaths occurred in cities such as Timişoara, Bucharest, Sibiu and Arad. The number of injured reached 3,352, of which 1,107 are for the period in which Ceauşescu still held power, and the remaining 2,245 are for the period after the seizure of power by the National Salvation Front.

References:

http://www.analitica.com/bitblio/ramonet/conflictos.asp

http://publicaciones.ua.es/filespubli/pdf/15793311RD35322090.pdf

http://www.elojodigital.com/contenido/11391-senor-presidente-hay-una-revolucion-aqui-afuera-usted-esta-solo-buena-suerte

http://modestine4.blogspot.ro/2010/09/transylvania-5.html

http://www.wikipedia.org/

Ne Vedem!

PR

Advertisements
Categories: Art & Culture, Discovering Romania | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Like kids in a school trip

The last tuesday, we had the first “activity” with our new collegues from Zimbawe. It wasn’t an activity, it was kind of a trip, as I said already in the title; we went to the turnul de apa of Arad, our city!

The Water Tower it’s really beautiful and it’s a piece of history, a monument of Arad.

300020254_5b4a2e6900

It was built in 1896, located in Piață Pompierilor,  used to spread the drinking water to the citizens and it was able to provide it for all the city. Restored in 1927 , now hosts many art exhibitions and paintings.  The Tower is 38 meters high , built in the vicinity of the barracks fire,  and it was the tallest building in the city .

The project comes from the idea of the famous architect Miklós Ybl, who used as a model a dungeon of a medieval fortress . At the top was mounted a giant pool of water, which ensured supply to the entire city with drinking water.

The tower was in activity until 1956 and since 1990 it’s a private property.

When we arrived a kind man received us, he was our guide, an old man really passionate in his role as an “information giver”.

DSC00019

In the entrance we can find a collection of city maps, some of them are really old, from the Austro-Hungarian empire, some are newer, for sure it’s really interesting to look at them to have an idea of the development of the city.

DSC00015

It is possible to see a lot of curious and old objects in the different rooms of the tower, objects used in relation with the water, of course; we saw “strange” bottles and a lot of different pipes to pump the water into the houses, some old bidets (not everybody uses bidet, in Italy we do; for more infos click on it) and other small objects.

DSC00044

In one of the floors it is possible to admire an art collection, there are paintings made from romanian artists and some great pictures as well.

DSC00032

In another floor are exposed the different uniforms used by the fireman in different times.

DSC00053

After climbing the small and narrow spiral staircases (some of you could have problems with vertigo), we arrived on the top floor of the building, a “giant pool” that can hold 400 tons of water. Before it was even possible to perform plays due to the perfect acoustic.

From this point of the tower we could admire a really nice Panorama, all Arad was under our sight, beautiful!

DSC00085

The End…

Hey you, if you are reading this article and you are curious enough, just go there and take a look at the history.

Arrivederci!

Luca G.    

Categories: Art & Culture, Discovering Romania, EVS Activities, Our City | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EVS TRAINING IN PREDEAL

Image

From 30 September to 6 October we were in Predeal for our EVS arrival training.

First I would like to write a short information about one of the famous towns in Romania. Predeal is a well known tourist destination in Romania, especially in winter, when many people come to spend the holidays. Predeal has 5 major ski runs, depending on the difficulty grade and it’s a town in Brasov County. It is the highest town and one of the most important mountain resorts in Romania.Image

During this week we had the possibility to meet a lot of volunteers (we were 85!) that are taking part in EVS project in different romanian cities. We met people that live in Bucharest, Baia Mare, Iasi and many other cities.

We were divided into 4 group, each group had 2 “coaches” and we had 4 sessions per day, 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Ok, stop with the technical description!Image

It was a great experience, not only because of the funny atmosphere that normally is in the air when a lot of young people live together, it was great, as well, for the activities that we made in our groups.

We had the possibility to compare our points of view with other people, we learnt more about the EVS project and personally I knew more about myself, it was an intense stay even if it was only for one week!

One of the most interesting moments was the intercultural night in which each Country had to present himself in a funny way, it was really amusing and I really enjoyed to know more about countries that I didn’t know a lot about!

What can I say more, Predeal it’s a “legend” for all the romanian EVS volunteers, we were there and we really appreciated the town and  his beautiful landscape, volunteers, trainers, hotel staff, everything was perfect!

I hope you enjoyed this short thought about what we did,

See ya soon

La revedere!!

Luca G.

Categories: Discovering Romania, EVS Activities, Volunteer´s life | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Odd Socks

One of our first tasks in our project was to prepare a singular campaign for the collection of socks. Vis de Copil (A Child´s Dream) and Fundatia Pro Prietenia (our host organization) are the creators of this campaign, and we had the honour of preparing it all along. The main idea is to collect socks, but we accept all kind of clothes. The campaign to collect clothes are very common, but people usually give all kind of old or used pants, T-shirts, sweaters… but no many people think about socks. Here in Romania the Winter is very hard and long and for some months the temperatures are below freezing, so in this case socks are really important.

socks

We start the campaign designing a logo, visit cards, leaftleaves and, even, T-shirts. In mid September Vicky and me togheter with representants of Pro Prietenia and Vis de Copil appeared in TV talking about this campaign. And before September finished we´re out here in the streets to show the campaign to local people. We were till the end of October going every week to a very crowded shopping complex in Arad. We were a great reception from people we met, the most of them came to us to ask about the campaign and in what way they could get involved, thanks to the invaluable help of Georgiana and Denisa (local volunteers) we could convey to people about the goals of the campaign and finally, we collected many socks, there were people whose even bought new socks and put them into the big sack we had for this.

odd

Although our work on the streets has finished, the campaign continues; Odd Socks campaign collects socks for the poor in Romania but you can help us from anywhere in the world, so if you really care this difficult situation in which many families are going through in our host city, you can visit the Odd Socks facebook page, click here.
Ne Vedem!
PR
Categories: EVS Activities, Our Beneficiaries, Our City, Volunteers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

International Symposium on Human Trafficking

The last week we had the opportunity to take part in the third International Symposium on Human Trafficking which was held in Arad and was organized by The Friendship Foundation (UK – Romania) in partnership with our hosting association, Pro Prietenia Arad and with the collaboration of Pointman Leadership Institute.

129

Our tasks during the week were to help in the logistics part with the help of many local volunteers, but we could also enjoy with the different lectures that occurred throughout the event.

The first day the lectures were focused about the principle-based leadership in the fight against human trafficking and they were carried on by Michael Craig and Quintus Smit. On Tuesday the same speakers opened the day with a speech about the need of a multidisciplinary approach.

After the lunch break the symposium continued with new speakers: Marius Roman spooke about the fight against the human trafficking. Laurentiu Dinca and Claudia Sarbescu spoke about the prevention and Mihaela Tomita finished the conference speaking about connections between drug trafficking and human trafficking.

The Third day was focused on point out models of best practice for combating the human trafficking; in UK with Michael Craig, Brian Gregory and Cristina English; in Romania with George Iuga, Marius Grec and Cristian Rafaila; in Switzerland with Corinne Estermann and Mariana Petersel; and in Netherlands with Foka Van de Beek.

On Thursday, Filip Ologeanu and Emanuel Popa opened the day with a very interesting exposure about their project. MATTOO (Men Against the Trafficking of Others) is an international organization that uses the empowerment of boys and men to stop the threat of sex trafficking by showing the direct correlation between the demand in the sex trade industry and the supply of humans through trafficking. After that, Tiberiu Medeanu (professor at the Vest Timisoara University) talked about the new penal codes related with the human trafficking. And in the afternoon we could go at the opera in Timisoara to see the Romanian premier of the British award-winning anti-trafficking opera  Anya17.

anya17-eyes

The last day we could check how the fatigue had punished the assistants and the organizers after a hard week. To close this third symposium Michel Craig and Smit Quintus were the responsible ones and they did it speaking about prevention and combating the corruption.

We can say this third edition was a real succes and we hope this symposium can have many more editions and increase its call and its importance every year.

PR

(UK – Romania)
(UK – Romania)in partnership with our hosting association, Pro Prietenia A
Categories: EVS Activities, Volunteers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Classy Romania

Little after the beginning of October the folks at our foundation, Pro Prietenia told us about a surprise activity scheduled for the 10th of October, with the only warning of having to go as best dressed as we could. The day arrived and so we tried to present ourselves in the most fashionable way (with a little help from the good old Arad’s 2nd hand shops of course).

946035_4850129750508_1915787406_n

The volunteers at FILARMONICA DE STAT ARAD

The surprise activity to our amusement turned out to be the chance to watch a Mozart concert live at FILARMONICA DE STAT ARAD. Built with lush and classic architecture, the building turned out to be the perfect place to recreate the feeling such music would need.

Conducted by maestro Dorin Frandeş, the concert opened with Overture, Abduction (from Seraglio and The Magic Flute), with the power, but also the beauty of the notes played by the orchestra to open this musical evening with great joy and ecstasy.

Then it was time for the talent of Ekaterina Litvintseva to shine on the piano. The soloist alongside the orchestra played the following:

  • Concerto in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra
  • Concerto in A major for piano and orchestra
  • Concerto in B flat major

In the end people seemed to fully enjoy the experience. However more classical music was on the way of the EVS Volunteers, this time with a much serious matter.

b902ef819b2b6e2849e2d76771c835c7

Concert poster (source: http://party-arad.ghidularadean.ro)

Timişoara was the city that hosted the opera Anya 17, a dramatic piece written by Adam Gorb, whose subject revolves around the topic of Human Trafficking, in a week in which the Symposium of Human Traffic took place in Arad from 21 to 25 of October. As the great zenith of such event, this opera perfectly portrayed the decay and anguish of all the people (especially women) that fell victims to the scourge of Human Trafficking.

Through the sinister, non melodic and powerful sounds coming from the orchestra, together with the sorrowful singers’ words, the Filarmonica Banatul’s Sala Capitol was invaded with a restless, oppressive and yet somehow beautiful atmosphere that failed to get unnoticed by every single person in the room due to its intensity. A high note on a very important and busy week, organized both by Pro Prietenia and Pro Friendship associations in order to prevent and alert people for the reality of Human Traffic.

La revedere..

AS

Categories: Art & Culture, EVS Activities, Our City, Volunteer´s life | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Let´s Do It Romania

After to go to Predeal for our arrival training, we´ve participated in the campaign “Let´s Do it Romania“. It has been the fourth consecutive edition of this singular campaign which has counted with more than 200.000 volunteers throughout Romania. In all the country we´ve collected nearly 300,000 bags of trash. Here in Arad we were with a lot of local volunteers, the most of them are members of boys scouts.

logo-LDIR-vertical2

This year the city with more movilized volunteers has been Botoșani which has counted with more than 15.000 volunteers, ahead of Gorj (which was the city with more volunteers in 2012) with more than 13.000 volunteers. After these cities we find Bihor (more than 11 000),  Iași (over 10 000) and Dâmbovița (around 9 600). Here, in Arad we were more than 7.000 volunteers… far away from Botoșani, but if we compare these dates with the first edition in 2010, this year we´ve been more than double.

The best news this year has been than the 40% of the collected waste is recycable increasing the results of previous years (30% in 2012, 26% in 2011 and 17% in 2010) and if we add all these editions more than 1´6 millions of trash bags have been recollected by more than 650.000 volunteers. With this action Romania is taking awareness about the need to recycle, and statistics show us the evidence.

Enjoy with the pictures taken by Party Arad, click here.

And you can follow the facebook page if you’re interested, Let´s Do It, Romania!

Ne vedem

PR

Categories: EVS Activities, Volunteers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NGO Fair

The past weekend Fundatia Pro Prietenia participed in the the fifteenth edition of theNGO Fair (organized by the Directorate of Development and Community Assistance) togheter with several organizations from Arad, as Fundatia Takacs, Asociatia Europa pentru Europa, our friends from Vis de Copil, Fundatia Caminul Sperantei, Foto Club Arad, Societatea de Cruce Rosie, Fundatia Animed Arad

ONG

This fair had place in a excellent and centric situation, in front of the City Hall. For a few days we were playing with children in a several ways: doing balloon modeling, origami, face-painting, juggling balls, figures with plasticine and drawing. The wind was disturbing a little bit the first day but on Friday we enjoy of a great day. Each organization offered something different so what every body could enjoy:

  • Youth activities
  • First aid demonstration
  • Execution paintings
  • Photo projections
  • Regional dances
  • Martial Arts Demonstrations

ong

Definetely, it was a great experience in which we can know many local organizations, we had our first contact with local children and also we met many EVS volunteers whose were helping in other stands and overall we enjoy with samples of what Romanian culture can offer us.

And if you want more evidence about our job, click here 😉

Ne vedem!

PR

Categories: Art & Culture, EVS Activities, Our Beneficiaries, Our City, Volunteers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com.

EVS experiences in Arad

Empower your EU citizenship

EVS experiences in Arad