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Last updated: 26 january, 2011 - 14:03 GMT

Romania's 'Queen Witch'

Mama Bratara

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Life for witches, astrologers and spiritual mediums in Romania has always been tough. Under the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, the supernatural industry was banned, and now witches say they are being hit again - this time by new tax laws.

Once Ceausescu was ousted from power the witches re-emerged to carry on their craft. Their work has a considerable following, particularly in rural areas.

Now the government has angered the witches again by making them register as self-employed and requiring them to pay tax, social security, and pension contributions.

One of the many witches who have been speaking out against paying tax is 63-year-old Bratara Buzea.

"I fight against the devil"

She is a 'Queen Witch' who claims to have inherited her powers from her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mama Bratara has threatened to put a curse on the ministers responsible for the policy.

Outlook reporter Tom Wilson went to visit her just outside Bucharest to take a tour of her home, and find how she uses witchcraft.

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