Student Leonarda can return to France, her family cannot


Leonarda, AFP photo

As this blog has noted, many thousands of students and other people in France are protesting against governmental deportations of refugees.

Especially of fifteen-year-old Roma secondary school student Leonarda Dibrani. She was kidnapped from a school bus, and deported to Kosovo; where her family does not understand the language, and the ruling political party persecutes Roma.

A French government committee has now said that police should not have arrested Leonarda in a school bus, and that similar things should not happen again.

French President Hollande has said that Leonarda can return to France to finish her school. Leonarda’s family, Hollande said, should stay in dangerous Kosovo though. Leonarda has refused that offer.

Thousands of school students took to the streets of Paris during a second day of protests: here.

Violent attack on Leonarda’s family in Kosovo: here.

French students fight government’s anti-Roma racism


This video from France is called France: Mass student protest after Roma girl gets deported.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

French teens mount barricades after student deported

Thursday 17th October 2013

Hundreds rally after Kosovan seized during field trip

Hundreds of French teenagers erected barricades outside their schools and marched through Paris to protest against the expulsions of immigrant families – including their classmates.

A few clashed with police firing teargas but most marched peacefully.

Anger erupted this week over the treatment of 15-year-old Kosovan Roma Leonarda Dibrani who was detained in front of classmates on a field trip.

The government said her family had been denied asylum and was no longer allowed to stay in France.

Such expulsions occur regularly around France, but Ms Dibrani’s treatment touched a nerve, with students and left-wing politicians alike saying police had gone too far.

The students hope to press the government into allowing both Ms Dibrani and a recently expelled Armenian boy to return to France.

At one high school in Paris students piled green rubbish cans in front of the entrance and hung a banner saying “Education in Danger.”

“Everybody should have a chance. Everybody should have a job, work and have a family.

“When children try to achieve that and France refuses, that is not my country,” said protester Romain Desprez.

The Dibrani family fled Kosovo about five years ago because they faced discrimination.

“My home is in France,” Ms Dibrani said from the Kosovan city of Mitrovica. “I don’t speak the language here and I don’t know anyone.

“I’m frightened, I don’t speak Albanian. My life is in France.

“I don’t want to go to school here and I do not want to stay here.”

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls had defended the deportation of Ms Dibrani, her parents and five siblings as legal, but ordered officials to review the handling of the case.

But, confronted with an angry backlash from the left of the ruling Socialist party, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault promised the family would be brought back to France if Ms Dibrani’s rights were found to have been infringed.

And National Assembly speaker Claude Bartolone underlined the extent of disquiet in the Socialist camp.

“There is the law but there are also values on which the left must never compromise,” he said.

Reporting of the Greek ‘blonde angel’ case is all the more bitter for those who know the myths that have dogged Roma history: here.

The Swedish police force in the southern region of Skane has a database containing the details of over 4,000 Roma, including 1,000 children. The revelation came to light in a report from daily Dagens Nyheter at the end of September: here.

Appalling From Facebook


Originally posted on Beautiful Haibun:

In yet another example of cheap and easy racism against the Roma gypsy people, Europe’s largest minority, Facebook refuses to take a page down called “Gypsies To The Gas Chambers.”

More here, from Romea.cz

May I remind readers that Roma gypsy people never planted one bomb, never tried to grab any land or commit any violence against any other ethnic or national group in Europe. They are full European citizens, constitute Europe’s largest minority and are the easiest target for racism and blame for all manner of social ills as they have no country to defend them, though recently India has been making enquiries about state racism in Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The Roma people died in the gas chambers of the concentration camps too. Nearly all of them – nearly 2 million. Roma gypsy children were experimented on in the most horrific of ways by Nazi personnel like…

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Swedish police anti-Roma discrimination


This video is called Gypsy Gipsy Romani Romany Sinti Holocaust.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Outcry about registry of Roma in Sweden

Monday 23 Sep 2013, 14:08 (Update: 23-09-13, 14:40)

In Sweden there is an outcry over a police database containing thousands of names of Roma. The only reason for inclusion in the registry is Roma origin, most of the people listed have no criminal records.

The existence of the registry was revealed by the newspaper Dagens Nyheter and confirmed by the Swedish police. According to the newspaper, there are over 4,000 people in the database. A quarter of them are toddlers or preschoolers.

Bad reputation

Police would not say why the register is kept, but it is believed that it is done because of the bad reputation of Roma, mostly living in camps or on the streets. …

This reminds me of United States rocker Joan Jett‘s song “Bad Reputation”. Here is the music video.

The Swedish Minister for EU Affairs Ohlsson was shocked by the revelation about the Roma, who are considered to be Europe’s most discriminated minority. She calls the registry “frightening, unethical, unacceptable and illegal.”

Sweden has prohibited registration by ethnicity. In the Netherlands there is a ban on that as well, though there are municipalities which want more opportunities to register Roma.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has once again turned on the Roma, demanding their expulsion to Eastern Europe: here.

Greek governmental and neonazi racism


This video says about itself:

29 May 2013

The economic crisis in Greece has led to a rise in support for the far-right Golden Dawn and an increase in racist attacks. Jamal Osman talks to one man who is fighting back.

From Dawn of the Greeks blog:

Racist pogroms and fascist attacks in Southern Peloponnese

Posted on August 18, 2013 by dawnofthegreeks

In the southern part of the Greek fascist state, a huge operation against Roma people and its communities has been taking place since many years. Last month (July/beginning of August) in Southern Peloponnese riot police squads that arrived from Athens have been conducting operations against the Roma population across Messinia, Lakonia, Arkadia and Argolida region.

The official police report on the operations talks of the “tackling” and the “prevention” of crime as the reasons why the Roma houses came under attack – an open and direct racist  attack against them. The result of that operation was that several hundreds were detained or arrested. …

A few days later, on Sunday March 31 2013, at the same village (Trapezonti), known-unknown “indignant Greeks’ residents organized a racist gathering and march with the blessings of local neo-Nazi Golden Dawn group, the local council and the Greek police. At the rally held, several speaks in a delirium of hate and based on the concept (Nazi inspired) of collective responsibility, they accused the local Roma communities of the region, for almost every kind of crime. According to the speakers Roma people are responsible for thefts … [they] called them robbers, drug dealers etc.

Also from Dawn of the Greeks blog today:

A few weeks ago a friend of Dawn of the Greeks and owner of the blog against antisemitism have visited the cosmopolitan busy tourist island of Corfu.  According to his report after his visit, he was shocked by the evidence of nazi activities in the island. Below you can find two pictures with nazi souvenirs such as the book of Adolf Hitler in a local store as well as a nazi graffiti which remains in the island for a long time.

Hungarian nazi murderers sentenced


This video says about itself:

HUNGARIAN NEO-NAZI JOBBIK VIGILANTE TERRORISM

Aug 15, 2011

“Civil Guard Association for a Better Future” (Hungarian: Szebb Jövőért Polgárőr Egyesület) is a Hungarian militant organisation, sponsored by Jobbik, involved in anti-Roma activities in areas such as the town of Gyöngyöspata in early 2011, where they have been accused of intimidating the Roma population with weapons and dogs.

Jobbik, The Movement for a Better Hungary (Hungarian: Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom) commonly known as Jobbik, is a Hungarian radical nationalist political party, accused by scholars, different press outlets and its political opponents of being … neo-fascist, anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and homophobic.

By Ben Chacko:

Three get life in jail for year of racist Roma murders

Tuesday 06 August 2013

Three men were jailed for life in Hungary today for six racist murders they committed between July 2008 and August ’09.

A fourth man was given a 13-year sentence for his role as the getaway driver in the “carefully planned” killings. One of the victims was just four years old.

Prosecutors said the men, who have neonazi links, were attempting to provoke a Roma reaction and start a race war.

They showed no emotion as they were sentenced. Spectators shouted: “Nazi killers!” as the four were led away.

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union said the verdict was important because “the prejudice against Roma and the resulting crimes are the most serious human rights issues in Hungary.”

Police were accused of dragging their feet and refusing for months to acknowledge that the murders were linked.

Amnesty International Europe and central Asia deputy director Jezerca Tigani said that “five years after these cold-blooded killings, Roma in Hungary still do not receive adequate protection from hate crimes.

This should be a wake-up call about the continuous, often violent discrimination faced by the Roma community.”

She called for new laws against hate crimes and statistics on them to be compiled.

Roma make up about 7 per cent of the population and attacks against them have risen dramatically since the 2008 financial crash.

The technically illegal paramilitary Hungarian Guard, linked to the far-right Jobbik party, has marched through Roma areas chanting: “Dirty Gypsies, we will kill you.”

Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party is accused of complicity in the rising racist tide.

Journalist Zsolt Bayer, a close ally of Mr Orban, was fined just £720 this year for calling the Roma “animals” who “should not exist.”

Such language has sparked terror in a country where the nazi-backed Arrow Cross murdered thousands of Jews and Roma in its five-month rule from October 1944 and deported 80,000 people to Auschwitz.

Hungary – on the commemoration day of the Kristallnacht – they are burning Jewish books again: here.

French Rightist politician praises Hitler’s genocide


This video is about Hitler’s Roma Holocaust.

From the (conservative) Daily Mail in England:

French politician provokes outrage by suggesting Adolf Hitler ‘did not kill enough Roma gypsies

French politician causes outrage after stirring up memories of holocaust

In an incendiary outburst, Gilles Bourdouleix also accuses gypsies of incest

Calls made for UDI party leader Jean-Louis Borloo to sack his colleague

By Peter Allen

PUBLISHED: 12:48 GMT, 23 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:50 GMT, 23 July 2013

A French politician has caused outrage by suggesting that Adolf Hitler ‘did not kill enough’ Roma gypsies.

In the latest ferocious attack on travellers, MP Gilles Bourdouleix stirred up memories of the Holocaust, when the Nazis sent thousands of gypsies to the gas chambers because Hitler believed them to be sub-human.

Mr Bourdouleix, who represents a constituency in the Maine and Loire region of west France, was visiting an illegal Roma camp in the town of Cholet, where he is deputy mayor, when he made the incendiary comments.

Surrounded by armed police, Mr Bourdouleix was trying to persuade the new arrivals to move on.

But as he began to speak to community leaders, some of the Roma gypsies standing by began to make Nazi salutes in his direction.

Mr Bourdouleix was recorded by a local journalist saying: ‘Like what, Hitler didn’t kill enough’.

Challenged about his comment by some of the Roma men, Mr Bourdouleix said: ‘You compared me to Hitler, do you think that’s nice?’

Mr Bourdouleix then accused the community of incest, saying: ‘The other day, they called me a paedophile, even though half of their children are from fathers and grandfathers.’

Fabien Leduc, the journalist who recorded Mr Bourdouleix, has since transcribed a word-for-word account of the recoding.

Expel: Jean-Louis Borloo is now considering throwing Mr Bourdouleix out of the UDI Party

It has persuaded Jean-Louis Borloo, leader of Mr Bourdouleix’s party, the centre-right UDI, that he should consider expelling his colleague.

He said: ‘Whatever the real and unacceptable provocation the deputy mayor of Cholet, Gilles Bourdouleix, was subjected to, nothing justifies the remarks apparently made by him.’

Jean-Christophe Lagarde, the secretary general of the UDI party, meanwhile tweeted: ‘The words of Bourdouleix, even though made in the heat of the moment, were intolerable and incompatible with the values of the UDI.’

Mr Lagarde added: ‘The only possible sanction is his expulsion from the UDI, and this should be adopted by the executive committee next Wednesday.’ …

French politicians from both Right and Left have launched an onslaught on Roma gypsies in recent years, destroying their camps and deporting them back to countries including Romania and Bulgaria.

The First American Anti-Nazi Film [1934], Rediscovered: here.

Racism in Hungarian history and today


This video is called Jews alarmed at racism by members of the right-wing Jobbik party.

From the Remarks by Amb. Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, delivered at the opening dinner of the WJC Plenary Assembly. Budapest, 5 May 2013:

My own mother’s parents were born here. The Lauder family dates back to the 13th Century, so you see my connection to Hungary is both deep and personal. But sadly, all of the famous Jews I mention – and there are many more – noble laureates, artists and scholars – all left Hungary because they were forced to leave.

The rise of anti-Semitic parties in the 1920s and the 1930s led to the darkest chapter of all – the deportation and gassing of more than 400,000 Jewish men, women and children. A staggering one-third of the 1.1 million Jews murdered at Auschwitz were Hungarian.

It is so clear that if these dark forces of anti-Semitism had not been allowed to rise in the 20th century – not just Jews but all Hungarians would have prospered.

This always strikes me as so obvious – when Jews are allowed to live their lives freely and practice their religion, countries always flourish. It is obvious. But all too often, the irrational hatred that is Anti-Semitism defeats common sense.

After 1920, the government of Admiral Miklós Horthy – a vicious anti-Semite – moved Hungary towards this irrational hatred. His government passed successive anti-Jewish laws and aligned itself closely with the Nazis in Germany. And in 1938, the Horthy regime enacted its version of the infamous Nuremberg Laws. The first deportations of Jews from Hungary to concentration camps began in 1941, on Admiral Horthy’s watch.

I am recalling these facts now not because we are not familiar with them, but because today we are seeing, once again, growing ignorance, growing intolerance, growing hatred. Once again we see the outrage of anti-Semitism.

This is by no means only in Hungary, but also in other places in Europe – in Greece, in Ukraine and elsewhere. We see that Jews and other minorities are singled out, vilified, demonized.

We see that more and more people openly deny the Holocaust, which happens to be one of the most well documented tragedies in history.

We see that a growing number of people actually believe the old canard that Jews control world finance, or the media, or everything.

And we see that Jews again are being blamed for economic troubles.

Today, there are members of the Hungarian Parliament who want the government to draw up “Lists of Jews” who hold public office. That sends out warning signals around the world.

In the press and on television, anti-Semitism and incitement against the Roma minority are becoming commonplace, even accepted. We were shocked to learn that an anti-Semitic TV presenter was awarded a prize.

We acknowledge of course that the prize was withdrawn. But the fact that it was awarded in the first place is the kind of thing that has us worried.

And there is this journalist, Zsolt Bayer, who recently called Gypsies “cowardly, repulsive, noxious animals.” He said they were “unfit to live among people” and called for “dealing with them immediately.”

Such words are reminiscent of the darkest era in European history. Let us never forget the Roma were also victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

Today, Jews are again wondering whether they will have to leave the country, for similar reasons.

Perhaps because they wonder why anti-Semites like Miklós Horthy are being glorified, and why statues honoring them are unveiled by Hungarian officials? Perhaps because they wonder if Jews have a future in Hungary?

Whatever the reason, their concerns must be taken seriously.

When Hungarian Jews are attacked by fanatics, they should be able to count on the unequivocal support of their government and of their authorities. It is the authorities that must stop this before it even begins. …

It is no secret that Hungary’s international reputation has suffered in recent years. But Hungary’s good name was not smeared by the foreign press, but by extremists.

Mr. Prime Minister, we are especially concerned about one particular party.

I am talking about Jobbik, a party that won almost 17 percent of the vote in the 2010 elections. Through its anti-Semitism, its hostility to the Roma, and its paranoid rantings at the outside world, Jobbik is dragging the good name of Hungary through the mud.

That same party held a demonstration just yesterday against our gathering here in Budapest. You have made many pronouncements. And your words are very important.

Hungarian Jews need you to take a firm and decisive lead. They need you to take on these dark forces. They need you to be pro-active.They need your leadership in this fight.

They need you to send the message to the entire population that intolerance will not be tolerated.

And yes, that message must be repeated … and then repeated again. As president of the World Jewish Congress, I ask you to do precisely that and thus to demonstrate this great country’s finest traditions. It is time for strong leadership and even stronger actions. We truly hope that you will be successful.

Fascism and intolerance always single out the Jews first. But they are never the last victims. All good people suffer. Countries suffer. In the end, this hatred and intolerance only destroys a nation’s hopes, its progress and its future.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban failed to impress an international assembly of Jews at the weekend who said he had not done enough to confront the country’s largest far-right party: here.

Hungary drops plan to name street after antisemitic author Cécile Tormay: here.

Report says Greece could ban anti-Semitic Golden Dawn party: here.

New raid of neonazis at the General hospital of Nikea (Athens) today: here.