Articles by Manuel M.

The Criminalisation of Environmental Activism in Europe

When the chief of Romanian Intelligence (SRI) declared last autumn that ‘eco-anarchist elements’ infiltrated the Roșia Montana protests, very few people took this statement seriously. The general attitude has been to dismiss the statement as being paranoid at best, and ludicrous at worst. However, when a few months later, the protest area in Pungești became ‘special area of public security’, flooded with police, and thoroughly controlled, it became clear that the Romanian state was not joking. Environmental activism is strictly controlled, and anytime the government perceives some excess, it steps in to ..