street demonstration


It was 1989.

It was late December and the previous night I came back from a ski trip with friends. Up in the mountains, no radio, no mobile phones, no nothing, this was communist Romania so we only found out in the train back that our world started to move. That Romanians had enough of that so called “communist dream” and started to fill up the streets, marching and demanding to overthrow that monument of corruption called the Romanian Communist Party, starting with its dreaded leader Ceausescu…

After a few hours of worried sleep I woke up in the late morning in the sound of chants coming form the main street. My mother was looking stunned out the window. “Look at them, they are coming from the Bargaie. They must have gathered at the factories there to march into town. They must be crazy, poor blokes… Securitatea are shooting at people on the streets you know? And the army… There are already victims everywhere, in Cluj, in Timisoara…” I looked out the window and felt like hardening every second “…and what are we doing now, mom?” “We? We… just wait here…” “But we cannot wait, mom! We cannot wait here… we must go and see what’s going on! Waiting here is, is, is just wrong!” said defiantly the teenager I was at the time. My mother started to weep “But, but your father? He’s out to get the daily bread ratio, he will be worried as hell seeing we’re missing?” “He will know where we are. Let’s go.” And off we went, scared but with no regrets, because we had to go. We met dad in the main square by sheer chance later, chanting with the others, and the rest is already known.

27 years later, the followers of that communist party had time to slowly morph into a proper mafia. They abandoned any illusion of ideology and thus, freed by the burden of maintaining principles, finally managed to attain full political control of the country. This week they started to modify the laws to fit their corrupt ways, to pardon their already jailed mafiosi, to make abuse and malpractice legal and to restrict whistleblowing. I’m thousands of kilometers away from that country now, but I know I must get out on the streets again - with the same deep hatred but more prowess. We are hundreds of thousands on the streets, again.

And I’m going now with my kid.

(not my photos, I still have to find the authors)
Photos of the Women's Marches Around the World
Images of today’s marches in Washington, New York, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, and from other cities in England, Ghana, France, Canada, Serbia, Australia, Kenya, Germany, India, and many more.
By Alan Taylor

“In Washington, DC, today, hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets in a demonstration called the Women’s March on DC, while even more marched in cities across the United States and around the world, one day after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. Larger-than-expected crowds of women and their allies raised their voices against the new administration, and in support of women’s rights, health issues, equality, diversity and inclusion. Below are images of today’s marches in Washington, New York, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, and from other cities in England, Ghana, France, Canada, Serbia, Australia, Kenya, Germany, India, and many more.” 

See the photos here

Romania protests: Hundreds of thousands march against decree decriminalising corruption offences

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Romania to demonstrate against an emergency decree that will decriminalise some corruption offences.

The country’s government has rejected calls to withdraw the decree in the face of huge nationwide protests, the resignation of a cabinet minister and a call from the president to rescind the decree.

The order, adopted late on Tuesday, has triggered some of the biggest nationwide protests since the fall of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989.

Eight people were injured during clashes between police and protesters on Wednesday and 20 were detained.

When he was asked if the cabinet, which has been in power for less than a month, planned to withdraw the decree, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said: “No, we don’t.”

The decree decriminalises cases of official misconduct if the funds involved are less than 200,000 lei (£38,000).

The government says the decree is necessary to reduce overcrowding in prisons, but critics argue the measure will release government allies and help other figures facing corruption charges.

It would also potentially halt an ongoing abuse-of-office trial of Social Democrat (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea.

Romania’s trade and business minister, Florin Jianu, resigned in reaction to the bill, saying on Facbook it was the “ethical thing to do… not for my professional honesty, my conscience is clean on that front, but for my child.

"How am I going to look him in the eye and what am I going to tell him over the years? Am I going to tell him his father was a coward and supported actions he does not believe in, or that he chose to walk away from a story that isn’t his?”

President Klaus Iohannis followed Romania’s top judicial watchdog in filing a legal challenge to the decree with the Constitutional Court.

The decree is due to take effect in just over a week.

European Commission vice president Frank Timmermans urged the government to “urgently reconsider” the decree, warning it could affect the EU funds Romania receives if it adopted.

In a separate statement, the US, Germany, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, and France said Romania’s government had undermined “progress on rule of law and the fight against corruption over the past ten years.”

Additional reporting by agencies

Manche Diktatoren verhalten sich total widersprüchlich und unlogisch. Während sie einerseits die freie Meinungsäußerung verbieten, verwenden sie andererseits aufwändige und problematische Verfahren, um die Meinung ihrer Untertanen herauszufinden (Spitzel, IM etc.). Moderne Diktaturen hingegen fordern ihre Untertanen dazu auf, ihre Meinung frei zu äußern und womöglich auf Schildern vor sich her zu tragen. So hat der Diktator jederzeit eine gute Orientierung, wen er verhaften muss und wen nicht.


Electrics Store, Futako Tamagawa (grand opening)

I had an interesting opportunity to create a series of images for this new (or revamped) branch of the Tsutaya Electrics store located outside Tokyo, Japan. I was asked to illustrate different scenes around the Futako Tamagawa area, from the main streets to the park along the river, and maybe animate parts of them. These are only some of the full series. This project had a really fast turnaround but I’m quite happy with the final product, considering. It was so cool to see photos of my work decorating part of the store–which is huge, and super gorgeous, my work is only a small part! I don’t know how long they’ll be on display, but if you happen to be nearby that part of the world, maybe check them out and enjoy browsing in this cool place! 

UKRAINE, Kiev : A row of coffee vendors trailers in the form of pink snails, block the entrance to the city hall and the office of the mayor Vitalii Klitschko during a protest in Kiev on July 30, 2015.  The demonstration was staged in protest against recent legislation deemed harmful to the trade and livelihood of street vendors.    AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY