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The European peasant movement supports the struggle against Chevron’s abusive behaviour in Romania

11 December 2013

The European Coordination of Via Campesina (ECVC) supports the struggles of the Romanian peasants against the abusive shale gas explorations in their fields that are being carried out by the oil company Chevron.

Brussels, December 11th 2013 The European Coordination of Via Campesina (ECVC) supports the struggles of the Romanian peasants against the abusive shale gas explorations in their fields that are being carried out by the oil company Chevron. After several months of fighting against the illegal prospection for shale gas on the land they farm in the village of Mosna in Transylvania, Willy Schuster, and joint President of the Ecoruralis peasant movement that is a member of ECVC joined the peasant’s struggle in Pungesti. They have also resisting prospection in their village since October 14th 2013. Pungesti is a village in Moldavia, a region situated in the North East of Romania, where Chevron plans to begin drilling for shale gas. These two movements to resists as well as several other communities in various regions of the country were born as a result of the Romanian government’s decision that broke all their pre-electoral promises, to sell 70% of Romania’s land off to different companies to explore for minerals. This arbitrary behaviour on the part of the government to sell off the land as though it were unoccupied and the fact that they have also failed to respect the fundamental rights of the people, has led to peasants rising up. Many activists are supporting them. Last Saturday Willy Schuster was arrested in Pungesti while praying at a roadside cross, close to where Chevron was drilling. Local peasants witnessed his arrest. He was later released. “There is huge pressure on the whole country, and the repression is becoming increasingly evident against the demonstrations that are continuing to grow. There are often many anti-riot police present, but the demonstrators and villagers are holding out!”, explained Willy Schuster. ECVC wishes to alert the European and international community and demands that the Romanian government end the abusive behaviour of the multinational company and recognise local people’s right to use their own land as they see fit. -Contacts: Willy Schuster : + 40752108184 Ro-EN-D-Hg Geneviève Savigny : +336 25 55 16 87 FR-EN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtJas7Qqz-c#t=463 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOVihxpNI5M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwtiushHr94 https://www.facebook.com/groups/565381926888800/567354343358225/?notif_t=group_activity

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