Father of a child dead next to an oil rig of OMV Petrom beaten up by the Romanian riot police, to intimidate him
This is what is happening in Romania!
Please share this! An incredible story for 21st century European Union, a big disgrace. Oil and Gas companies killing democracy in Romania again.
Some weeks ago, a 9 years old child died intoxicated with gas next to a unprotected rig, when coming back from school. The unprotected rig belongs to the Austrian company OMV, who has bought the biggest Romanian oil and gas corporation in a rip-off “privatization”.
As soon as his family decided to start a trial against OMV-Petrom, suing them for not having protected the rig accordning to the law, they started encountering various obstacles: Marian’s father was interrogated by the police because he took photos while Petrom workers were installing an ILLEGAL protection fence; then he was threatened by the mayor (you can see articles from the local press http://www.observatorulph.ro/eveniment/37533-tatal-copilului-mort-la-aricesti-gonit-de-la-sonda-cu-politia) ;
Now, OMV-Petrom wants to fule suit against Mr. Furcelea, the father of the deceased child, by using the County Direction for Child Protection, to prove that parents are responsible for his death because they were not accompanying him on his way back from school; now everything is going crazy. You can imagine that if this huge company with the biggest return in Romania for the past 5 years is opened, this poor man has no chance to win!
Father, beaten by the riot police thugs
Yesterday afternoon, a car of the riot police came to Furcelea family’s house saying they have to accompany Mr. Furcelea to the County Direction for Child Protection. He never thought of what was going to happen.
Once arrived at Child Protection, a part of the riot police officers left in the car decided (or were ordered) to apply him a good correction. He was punched and kicked and he was sprayed with paralysing spray in his eyes, while he was threatened that if he speaks or post anything else they will take care of it.
Moreover, they hacked into his phone, saying: “from now on we will know everything you say and to whom you’re talking”. This is how the riot police is working in Romania at the orders of the commanding heights, who are very much the result of the revolving doors between politics and the oil and gas industry (NOTE that one manager with OMV Petrom was nominated as the new Energy Minister in Romania some 3 weeks ago, a very scandalous move, against which the citizens reacted).
Now Mr. Furcelea is scared, they tried to intimidate him as well as they could and today he was even thinking of dropping the case, just out of fear not to be killed. Even the Foresic doctors, who refuse to issue him a legal document proving he was beaten up – he is laying in hospital, he can barely speak – told him to feel “lucky” he was just beaten up…
Shame on you, Romanian riot police!!! Shame on you, Romanian govenrment! Shame on You, OMV Petrom, treating Romanians like animals.
We hope from all our hearts that this grieved person will stay strong and we will help him take all necessary actions to stop this corporation that makes the law in our country.
Hopefully he will go and get a medical certificate stating that he was hit, although these guys know how to apply the hits so that the the blows not to be visible.
Mr. Furcelea has already spoken to a lawyer, the things are going forward , but we need an expert in petroleum gas – I am calling on you to help us in finding an expert, fair person and eager to help this man in struggling with corporate monsters.
b) Euro: Razvan Marius, IBAN: RO31BACX0000000679700002 SWIFT: BACXROBU
c) paypal : firstname.lastname@example.org or
d) Money Gram or Western : Hetti Benedek: email@example.com
But resistance and awareness on this case are growing!
We, a group of dedicated citizens fighting the abuses of the Romanian state and of the corporations won’t give up, we will do all we can to fight for the right cause. This Sunday we are protesting against this obvious injustice: https://www.facebook.com/events/675571975821931/context=create&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=49
P.S: The rig wher the child dies was a conventional rig, but OMV petrom is the first company who started fracking Romania in secret.
INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT URGENTLY NEEDED!
Please help us!!! What can you do:
1. Spread the word in the world!!! (media, NGOs specialised in HR, environmental protection and citizens groups fighting fossile fuels and extractivism, alltogether)
2. Please help us find international lawyers (specialised in Human Rughts) working pro bono on this case! There are barely any Romanian lawyers who would stand against this giant!
3. Letters of complaint.
You can also write a letter of complaint addressed to the Romanian Minister of Interior, in charge of the Riot Police and to the OMV Petrom headwuarters in Vienna.
Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs – firstname.lastname@example.org
OMV headquarters in Vienna – email@example.com
Petrom headwuarters Bucharest – firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Financial support:
Also, funding is needed for this poor family to be able to bear the costs, paying lawyer, the necessary paperwork and so on. We already sent a modest amount collected from donations (some 110 Euro) and on Monday more donations will be withdrawn from paypal.
The accounts where you can donate are:
a) in RON (Romanian money): Peacocks Razvan Marius IBAN: RO85BACX0000000679700000, SWIFT: BACXROBU
b) Euro: Peacocks Razvan Marius IBAN: RO31BACX0000000679700002, SWIFT: BACXROBU, with Tiriac Bank
c) paypal : email@example.com
d) or MoneyGram or Western: Hettie Benedek, Romania (Please inform if you sent her money on: firstname.lastname@example.org)
We’ll post here how the money are being managed: https://www.facebook.com/notes/hetti-benedek/donaţii-şi -cheltuieli/645908628777842 ).
For those interested in the details of this process, please write an email to email@example.com ( we do not want to make all the steps public for various reasons that you can figure out yourselves)
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT!