Posts tagged ‘violence’

18 February 2011

Cab Driver Beaten To Death Over Parking Place

A 49 years old taxi driver from Bucharest was beaten to death by an 22 years old driver, Wednesday night, in a row over a parking place. The young man was trying to park his car in a relatively crowded zone in the Romanian capital. The taxi driver reportedly started to honk at him aggressively, trying to prompt him to speed up. According to the eye witnesses, the suspect was so annoyed by the honking that he got out of his car and started to hit the cab driver. 

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3 November 2010

Teachers Demand “School Police” in Romania

It is the initiative of a Romanian high-school headmaster in the county of Gorj. The mayor of Târgu Jiu is now examining his request for the creation of a special branch in the local police service, one that will tackle school issues exclusively.

This comes after a long series of school violence in Romania, one that culminated with the killing of a 17 years old student in Craiova. Very often, teachers are also the subject of violence and theats from their own students, disgruntled by the low grades they are often given.

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26 October 2010

Gipsy House Burned in Vengeance, in Romania

Arson was the weapon of vengance for several villagers in Harghita, Romania, who say they’ve had enough thefts and robberies from a Gipsy family in the village. In the middle of the night, unknown persons set the Gipsy house alight. As the fire fighters rushed to the scene, they met an angry crowd who wouldn’t let them put out the flames. Eventually, special police forces were called, so that the fire fighters could do their job.

Villagers claim that the Gipsies in the village steal and terrorize the other locals. So far, investigators managed to establish that the fire was started by several men who threw Molotovs at the Gipsy house.

It’s not the first time such vendettas against Gipsies happen in Romania. In Apata, Braşov, over 100 Romanians attempted to lynch several Gipsies, who they accused of stealing their crops. And, in the early ’90s, several Gipsy houses were burned, claiming the lives of some of their inhabitants, in the Romanian village of Hădăreni.

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8 October 2010

Romanian Schools, Second Most Dangerous

According to a survey by the World Health Organization, Romania’s schools rank second in the world in terms of violence levels. Seven students out of 10 fear their classmates – a percentage only exceeded by Hungary, whose fear level is 75%. One in five Romanian students have already been subject to violence from their schoolmates.

A painful example of that violence is the latest murder in Craiova, where a high school student was stabbed to death outside the school by another schoolmate, in front of the victim’s friends.

Last year, over 400 students have been indicted for acts of violence. Over 80 percent of them were ethnic Romanians and only 10 percent were ethnic Gipsies – despite the perception that Gipsy students are responsible for the most school lawlessness.

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