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

As if governmental anti-Roma racism is not already bad enough … This is not the only problem with Facebook.

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:


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.