On March 4, 2014, Daniel Gabriel Dumitrache, age 26, working as an informal parking attendant in the Old Town, was beaten to death at the 10th police precinct. This murder is part of a very long series of abuse perpetrated by law enforcement against the most defenseless persons - poor people, informal parking attendants, the homeless, sex workers or Roma people. Violence is the main means of control which the police uses to preserve the current class structure and power relations. Police violence is the direct result of the violence and racism which has permeated the entire society, where the anti-Roma discourse intertwines with the discourse against “poor people”, “hustlers” or “beggars”.
For the past year, Alexandru Fifea has researched the context and circumstances which led to the murder of Daniel Dumitrache. The performance You Didn't See Anything!
aims to analyze and deconstruct the social mechanisms and the public discourse behind this murder.
Alexandru Fifea, Cătălin Rulea, David Schwartz