Tuesday, 23 December 2008

'Pig-prosecutor' and 'donkey-policeman'


*source: BBC ('Law is an ass' stunt brings fine)

"Porcuror" is a pun on the word for prosecutor (pic: PRO-TV Chisinau)

Police were not amused by this bid to join their ranks (pic: PRO-TV Chisinau)

A businessman in Moldova who dressed a pig as a prosecutor and a donkey as a policeman has been fined, despite an outcry over his arrest.

Anatol Matasaru, who alleged harassment by the authorities, said he would appeal against the 200 lei (£13) fine.

The opposition has accused the Moldovan police of an increasingly heavy-handed approach in the run-up to parliamentary elections next March.

Mr Matasaru's arrest on 18 December was filmed by an independent TV channel.

He was arrested as he was trying to load the donkey, wearing a policeman's cap, and the pig dressed as a prosecutor, into his van to stage a protest in Chisinau, the Moldovan capital.

The pig's uniform bore the label "porcuror" - a pun on the Romanian word for prosecutor, using the word "porc", meaning "pig".

Mr Matasaru's arrest was condemned by human rights activists, as well as the opposition. He had set up an internet cafe after having worked abroad.


nazarian said...

The sensitive policemen and prosecutors in Moldova will now need counseling... The fine is to protect their sensitive nature from such abuse.

The guy is lucky they didn't put him in jail and roast his pig. The brave government of Armenia would have done that. They might even beat the crap out of him before jailing him.

Ani said...

The chief, umm, donkey, was in Moscow yesterday, and even Russia Today wasn't swallowing his "output":

Belarussian President Aleksander Lukashenko met with Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow on Monday to discuss gas deals and a possible prop for the economy.

Just minutes before discussing a $4 Billion loan, Belarusian President Lukashenko said he is not asking Moscow for anything.

One reported bargaining chip--recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

parisan said...

The poor pig, the poor donkey. They are just trying their best, enjoying life before their time comes. Like dogs! They don't deserve the shoes we throw at them.

Bandit-police officers, bandit-judges, bandit-presidents, they deserve it!

Merry Christmas!

Teo Ajder said...

good to see that some other people are interested in Matasaru's work!
Here is a site dedicated to him:
It is also a netwrok art project, You are very welcome to participate!
It will be nice to receive something from Armenia!
Teodor Ajder