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Manu Chao in Timisoara!

Another of the good things, that summer brings, are the music live… there are several music festivals and concerts almost every weekends around Romania. I went already to Electric Castle Festival in the county of Cluj the last weekend (but I’ll write about that later on, because this experience deserves a post by itself) and the last Wednesday, for example we went to Timisoara to watch Manu Chao.

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One of the things with which I enjoy the most here in Romania is that for any event whenever we get together a lot of friends from that great family which is EVS (and not only EVS, also friends that work or study here) so people from Craiova, Cluj, Oradea, Arad, Resita… from more than ten different countries met us for the Manu Chao’s concert. And it was a really great night: after one hard day due to the heavy rain that was falling during most of the day we arrived at “Muzeul Satului Banatean” and then the rain stopped and we could enjoy with  more than two hours of show in which we didn’t stop dancing.

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After the concert we went to the backstage and then Manu Chao appeared sharing food and drinks for all of us, taking pictures, signing autographs and the most important, talking with us, he was surprised to see a big group of friends together from so different countries. We explained him about EVS, about our different projects and also we were talking about a load of topics with him, I think everybody left the concert with a great satisfaction; after the great show they made on the stage, he was really kind with all of us, despite being a world-famous star, no ceases to be a completely sociable, talkative and close person.

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Ne Vedem!

P.R.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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‘.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Bella Ciao

We´ve lost a member of our family… Grazia Calapai finished her EVS project on November after 10 months and yesterday she came back to Italy. She was the first EVS volunteer I met in Arad, I still remember when I left my room and I could see, in the end of the corridor, to Grazia with Pitta and Nana (Marco came after) since the first moment I felt very comfortable clearing my doubts about this adventure, called EVS, which began for me. She took me to Kf for the first time, Kf is the meeting point for the most of the EVS volunteers in Arad, and I could met a lot of volunteers coming from several countries: Peru, Jordan, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey…

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I also remember the first weekend, my first hitch-hick… we went to Timisoara where we were with my roommate Luca and thanks to them I met her friend Pippo and his girlfriend whose gave us place to sleep. I discovered this great city with them, the nightlife as well as we took a walk by the downtown under an awesome sun… And I could keep telling stories about her, about the time that we spend togheter and all the experiences we lived togheter in these three busy months. Budapest, chocolat cakes, the surprise when we arrived from Predeal, tiramisú, a lot of words, sensations and emotions with a common nexus: Grazia

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But anyway, althought you aren´t here in a physical way you´ll be always here with us. Now this is our house ´cause you did that possible you made we felt like in our own homes and I´m sure our ways will meet again.

Pupici! Ne vedem!

PR

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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.

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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.

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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

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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).

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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.

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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

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Our trip in Timisoara

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Last weekend me and other two volunteers, Grazia and Pablo, went to Timisoara to enjoy the city, his historical places and his nightlife, why not?!

Timisoara is just 40 kms far away from Arad, it’s a beautiful city, full of history and his buildings and monuments testify it.

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(Thanks Pablo for these pics!)

It was in Timisoara that the revolution against Ceaușescu’s regimen started from (as told us a guy who lives there).

I have a friend  living there and she hosted me these two days, she is Elena and she is involved in a project which aim is saving Rosia Montana area from the exploitation of mineral resources that the Romanian government is trying to act in this part of the Transilvania region. Rosia Montana is an area composed of 16 villages and the Romanian Parliament is discussing in these days about a law that could allow to expropriate the inhabitants of the villages in an easy way without respecting those who live in this area, without regard to the right to housing that every human being has or should have. Elena has turned half of Europe to promote and raise awareness of Rosia Montana, and from the abuses that governments are making more and more often in various parts of the world, she was cycling in Sweden, Norway, Russia and many other beautiful places! That’s why on Sunday we join this demonstration, around the city. It was exciting for me seeing all that people together for a right cause, everybody wants to live in a world of peace and it’s beautiful to share these experiences with people!

I don’t want to be bored so let’s watch some video and pictures that me and my friends took of the event!

Luca

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