13th January, 2014
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13th January, 2014
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13th June, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinte were rounded up by the Nazis during the period of June 12-18, 1938. It was ordered by Himmler at the end of May, 1938 (as Endgultige Losung der Zigeunerfrage, i.e. the “final (or `conclusive’) solution of the Gypsy question”) and is known as Gypsy Clean-Up Week ( our equivalent of Kristallnacht).
In June 1936, a Central Office to “Combat the Gypsy Nuisance” opened in Munich. This office became the headquarters of a national data bank on Gypsies. Also in June, part of the Ministry of Interior directives for “Combating the Gypsy Nuisance” authorized the Berlin police to conduct raids against Gypsies so that they would not mar the image of the city, host of the summer Olympic games. That July, the police arrested 600 Gypsies and brought them, in 130 caravans, to a new, special Gypsy internment camp (Zigeunerlager) established near a sewage dump and cemetery in the Berlin suburb of Marzahn. The camp had only three water pumps and two toilets; in such overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, contagious diseases flourished. Police and their dogs guarded the camp. Similar Zigeunerlager also appeared in the 1930s, at the initiative of municipal governments and coordinated by the quarters of a national data Council of Cities (reporting to the Ministry of Interior), in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and other German cities.
During the week of June 12-18, 1938 mass arrests were made by the Reich Criminal Bureau under secret powers granted at the end of the previous year that enabled authorities to make “preventative arrests” without the usual formalities of due process. With the signing of the “final solution” by Himmler, Roma and Sinte were rounded up and sent to concentration (or extermination) camps by the thousand.
In January, 1940, the. first mass genocidal action of the Holocaust took place when 250 Romani children were murdered in Buchenwald, where they were used as guinea-pigs to test the efficacy of the Zyklon-B crystals. later used in the gas chambers. In June the same year. Hitler ordered the liquidation of “all Jews, Gypsies and communist political functionaries in the entire Soviet Union.”
On July, 31st 1941, Heydrich, chief architect of the details of the Final Solution, issued his directive to the Einsatzkommandos to “kill all Jews, Gypsies and mental patients.” On December 16th that same year, Himmler issued the order to have all Romani remaining in Europe deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau for extermination. On August 1st, 1944, more than four thousand Roma were gassed and cremated in a single action at Auschwitz-Birkenau, in what is remembered as Zigeunernacht (Gypsy Night).
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15th December, 2012
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7th November, 2012
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22nd October, 2012
17th October, 2012
Blaming Roma for everything from petty crime to trash on the streets, thousands of supporters of the far-right opposition Jobbik party rallied in Hungary on Wednesday in the eastern city of Miskolc.
Local Roma in Hungary’s second largest city simultaneously held a counter-rally rejecting what they said were typical right-wing slurs while police kept the two sides apart, preventing serious clashes.
“Jobbik will help those who build Hungary, no matter their color,” party chairman Gabor Vona told about 3,000 supporters. “But we will go after those who destroy and won’t let them be!”…
“I can’t live in this area anymore like this,” said Jobbik protester Tamas Kormendi, 25, who is unemployed.
“Not a day goes by without some incident that turns my stomach. These gypsies live like pigs and I swear they like it. Well, they will not like it for long if it’s up to me.”
Serbia has given a confused response to British charges of racism at an England-Serbia football match in Krusevac with the sports minister promising an investigation and the local football association flatly denying the charges.
Alisa Maric, Serbia’s Minister for Sport and Youth, condemned the fans’ behaviour at Krusevac, where black players were whistled at, subjected to monkey chants and had objects hurled at them.
“I strongly oppose any form of violence and discrimination, especially at sporting events,” Maric said in a statement…
The Serbian Football Association, FSS, meanwhile issued a statement denying any racist outbursts at the match on Tuesday.
“The Serbian Football Association rejects and denies any form of racism on the stadium in Krusevac, before and during the match,” the statement reads.
“Linking the incident - a fight between members of the two teams - with racism has absolutely no basis and [we] consider it entirely malicious,” the statement added.
There’s a video at the link, so you can decide for yourself.
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21st September, 2012
16th September, 2012
Firstly, I’d like to say something that will probably sound offensive.
If you don’t know anything about Romani, please don’t tell US whether we’re being oppressed or not in the country in which we live.
The United States (and Canada for that matter) are not the havens of post-Racism and post-Slavery that one would think. No, oh no. As a Romani woman who grew up in Europe and has lived in the US for the past ten years I can say, with a clear conscience that although the plight of Romani and related groups in the US is nothing like that of the European groups - it is definitely not an easy life - especially for those who are non-white passing.
Romani actively claim another ethnicity because racism and hatred against us is so strong. Dark skinned Roma will say they’re Hispanic, Native American, or some other ethnicity. I am lucky. I have light skin and light eyes. If I tell people I’m Italian or Spanish or something they usually don’t question.
That being said, oppression and racism is perpetuated against Romani in the US on a daily basis. Since there are laws which mean employers can fire you without reason, they can fire you for being Romani (and have done so). They can also make as many comments and such as they like - especially with shows like My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and American Gypsies appropriating and misusing the word.
Both the US and Canada have very strong antiziganist feeling (as a government), but especially Canada currently, who reject 95% of all claims of Hungarian Romani seeking asylum. Our plight in Europe is not taken seriously.
I like to think of moving to the US as a step down the racism ladder. No, I don’t face as much racism on a daily basis here (unless my ethnicity becomes apparent, and then problems range from ignorant remarks, to overt hatred, and violence.
I’ve received death threats, been spat on, been accused of stealing and reported….
But no that’s not as bad as I had it in Europe.
I feel that this gives me an opportunity to use my voice. To tackle oppression and racism and the treatment of my people. I have the freedom to write openly and honestly here… To tell us to shut up or move to Europe is ridiculous.
DO you KNOW how dangerous it is to be Romani and speak out in Europe? Probably not - because you are not Romani and you have not lived in Europe.
So, please don’t hate me for having the courage to speak out despite the danger this puts me in EVEN in the US. Don’t tell me to go back there - a place where I would stand a very large chance of being viciously attacked, raped, arrested and imprisoned, or even murdered for speaking out like this.
Like I said, if you don’t know what you’re talking about,
don’t say anything
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10th September, 2012
Police officers are seeking any possible witnesses to an attack committed against a 49-year-old Romani man that took place on 20 August in front of the Petr Bezruč House of Culture shortly after 21:00. Czech daily Deník reported the police announcement on 4 September.
“The assailant punched and verbally insulted the man because of his membership in an ethnic group. The victim managed to ward off some of the blows and tried to flee, but the youth caught up to him on the grass of a traffic meridian and assaulted him again, shouting racist insults once more. The aggressive youth did not stop his assault until passers-by started shouting at him. The victim has suffered a fractured fibula that will take three months to heal,” Zlatuše Viačková, spokesperson for the Havířov Police, told Deník. “A 28-year-old suspect was detained for questioning in the case, but police were unable to prove he had participated in the assault and released him from custody. A 21-year-old man was then remanded into custody on suspicion of having been the assailant. The Police Commissioner has initiated criminal proceedings against him and charged him with committing grievous bodily harm because of the victim’s actual or assumed race, membership in an ethnic group, or nationality. If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison,” she said.
8th September, 2012
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