Romanian Secret Police on Anarchist Fanzines

[From the You Can’t Make This Shit Up department…]

When [the anarchists] were involved with Young Friends of Nature, the NGO I planted trees with, the [Romanian] authorities did not seem to mind their presence. But recently, the secret police took notice. They authored a series of articles for the country’s tabloids about the anarchist threat. Mani leaves for a moment and returns with a newspaper.

“It says here we are Satanists. And down here, it says we all practice bestiality and necrophilia. And you know, fanzines?” We all nod – in America, we usually just call them zines. “Well, they almost got this right. It says here that anarchists make home-made magazines, except it then says the fanzines are child pornography, sold on street corners in order to buy hashish.”

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from Suffled How It Gush: A North American Anarchist in the Balkans by Shon Meckfessel (Oakland/Edinburgh/Baltimore: AK Press, 2006/2009), p 271–272.

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1 Response to “Romanian Secret Police on Anarchist Fanzines”


  1. 1 grimwomyn January 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    And we thought zine editors were the creative thinkers in the crowd…. WOW.


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