Photos by IndieFrame reporter harassed by riot police in Romania

by Ioan Pupila 2018-08-23 12:56:19

The story of IndieFrame Romanian reporter who was harassed during August 10th anti-governmental protests while photo-documenting riot police 'Jandarmeria' violence, was published today on the front page of Libertatea newspaper.

Article photo-scan Ana Maria Gheorghe for IndieFrame

Here's some of the highlight's of Ana's interview in top Romanian press tabloid newspaper:

I was trying to go behind the police units to do my job as a freelance photographer. I was not allowed to get behind the lines. I personally get really angry when someone stops me from doing my job. I asked for an explanation. That moment a policeman touched my hips and tried to shove me. He had no right to touch me, so I protested [...]
During the evening I had spray gas in my face, though I held a press card around my neck and the camera in my hands. I have a press card from a Danish UGC platform. I believe photography is the best way to get people to discover the true facts [...]

:: you can read the full interview in Romanian Language here ::

Despite the working conditions, here are some of the photos IndieFrame reporter managed to take during the violent protests:


Gendarmes in the front line with tear gas on their shields - 10.08.2018 - Photo: Ana Maria Gheorghe / IndieFrame | get photo rights on link |


Peaceful protester gets sprayed with tear gas during Romanian anti-Govt. protest 10.08.2018 | Photo: Ana Maria Gheorghe / IndieFrame | get photo rights on link |


Romanian expats group during anti-Govt. protest 10.08.2018 | Photo: Ana Maria Gheorghe / IndieFrame | get photo rights on link |

PHOTO STATEMENT by Ana Maria Gheorghe / IndieFrame


''I decided that most of the photos on August 10 would be black and white as a sign of mourning for what had happened. Journalists have been stopped from exercising their right to work without the slightest argument. Even I was pushed and abused by the gendarmes because I was trying to do my job.

Unfortunately, an old man died (R.I.P) and another 400 people were injured, I saw a young lady with a broken ankle, and elders and children who were intoxicated with tear gas, they are abusing their power to the maximum. Government resignation is required and they are continually defying the people.

I'm deeply disappointed, I do not know what to say about these things, so I'll post photos to illustrate what happened that nigh. Journalists have been stopped from exercising their right to work without the slightest argument. I was pushed and abused by the gendarmes because I was trying to do my job.

Government resignation is required and they are continually defying the people. I'm deeply disappointed, I do not know what to say about these things, so I'll post photos to illustrate what happened that night.''

- Cover Photo by @anamariagheorghe | story edited by IndieFrame Editors -