Italian government deportation of Sinti, Roma


This 19 July 2019 video says about itself:

Italy Prepares to Round Up Sinti and Roma

Evoking memories of the Holocaust, when so-called “Gypsies” were targeted, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini uses his authority to call for demolition of settlements of Sinti and Roma minorities in Italy, and rounding up those who do not carry Italian identification papers for mass deportation.

Italian neo-fascist anti-Roma violence


This video from Rome, Italy, says about itself (translated):

ROMA SINTI DEMONSTRATE IN ROME AGAINST RACISM AND DEPORTATIONS

On February 20, 2019 a demonstration was held in Rome, in Piazza dell’Esquilino, organized by the Roma Nation Association (ANR) and supported by the #INDIVISIBILI: women, men, children, of every ethnicity, geographical origin, religion.

The first request of the protesters was that of the immediate withdrawal of the deportations of Gordana Sulejmanovic and Madalina Gavrilescu, women, protagonists of the demonstration against GOVERNMENTAL RACISM AND THE SALVINI DECREE promoted by #INDIVISIBILI in Rome, 10 November 2018.

By Marianne Arens:

Fascists mount pogrom against Roma population in Italy

6 April 2019

Pogrom-style racist clashes occurred in Torre Maura, a suburb of the Italian capital of Rome on Tuesday. Several Sinti and Roma families were driven out of the impoverished district. The fascists from CasaPound, who led the action, feel able to act with such aggression because they have backing from the government and state apparatus.

On the afternoon of April 2, several Sinti and Roma families were transferred into city accommodations in Torre Maura. The fascists agitated against this, managing to mobilise some of the most backward local residents. Along with CasaPound with its leader Mauro Antonini, other right-wing extremist groups like Forza Nuova took part. For several hours, they ran riot on the streets.

The Nazis rallied until late into the evening, supported by a handful of backward residents, in front of the accommodation where 65 Sinti and Roma, including children, were being housed. They shouted “Fuori fuori!” (out!) and insulted and intimidated anyone who appeared at the entrance or in the yard of the accommodation.

Rubbish bins were overturned and set alight, while a car belonging to the cooperative that works in the accommodation was set ablaze. Racist slogans were sprayed on the wall in front of the house, including that “f***ing apes” should be “burned alive”. When a volunteer sought to enter the house with a box of sandwiches, the mob tore the box from him, threw it to the ground, and trampled the sandwiches.

The siege lasted late into the evening. In the darkness, the assailants set off an explosive device in the yard, but luckily nobody was injured. The fascists repeatedly sought to incite the situation further, but the group barely grew in size. Instead, residents turned away in disgust. “These people here are organising the war among the poor”, commented an elderly woman.

After a crisis meeting, the Rome city authorities decided to relocate the Roma families. As the last buses bearing the city’s logo departed from the house, the fascists broke out in jubilation, kicking the vehicles, in which children were seated. Several videos show a mob subsequently extending their arms in a fascist salute and bellowing the national anthem.

The district mayor of the suburb, Roberto Romanella (Five Star Movement), encouraged the fascists by stating at a press conference that a serious mistake had been made “which cannot be repeated”. Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi (Five Star Movement), hypocritically condemned the “racist hatred being whipped up by right-wing extremists.” In reality, her party bears responsibility for the rise of the fascists.

With the Lega, the Five Star Movement forms Italy’s coalition government, whose policies are determined by Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini of the Lega. Hardly a day passes without Salvini agitating against refugees and Roma. At his initiative, the Italian government has closed the country’s ports to refugee rescue ships, condemning thousands of people to drown in the Mediterranean. The Salvini decree has also condemned tens of thousands of refugees within Italy to illegality. Refugee aid workers and sea rescuers are being sentenced to years in prison.

As a coalition partner, the Five Star Movement also bears responsibility for these policies. The Five Star Movement emerged from last year’s parliamentary elections as the largest party, with 33 percent of the vote. It concluded a coalition agreement with the far-right Lega, which had secured half as many votes (17.4 percent). The Five Star Movement thus helped the Lega obtain power and ensures it has a parliamentary majority for its reactionary policies.

These policies play into the hands of the fascists, who feel emboldened. By contrast, they enjoy little support among the population. At the beginning of March, hundreds of thousands protested in Milan against racism.

The fascists know full well that their crimes are tolerated by the highest levels of the state and government. The government systematically incites right-wing extremist sentiments, and sets precedents that only encourage the fascists. For example, Salvini ordered the house arrest of Riace mayor Dominico Lucano, who had sought to prevent his small town from dying out by resettling immigrants there. All foreign residents in Riace were deported.

It is also noteworthy that the president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, recently spoke positively of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The member of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia told a radio interview that the fascist “Duce” accomplished “positive things”. In addition to his negative acts, which included his conduct of the war and introduction of anti-Semitic laws, Mussolini managed to build “infrastructure, bridges, roads, and sport parks for our country,” claimed Tajani. “One can’t claim that he did nothing,” he added.

The subsequent outrage expressed by other European Parliament deputies cannot conceal the fact that the European Union (EU) and the governments of its member states, led by Germany, are responsible for the reemergence of pogroms in Europe. The EU’s refugee policy is no less brutal than that of the coalition in Rome.

Only last week, the EU brought to an end its Operation Sofia (Eunavfor Med) in the Mediterranean. At the same time, the EU cooperates closely with the Libyan coast guard, which has established conditions akin to hell on earth for refugees. An indication of the EU’s despicable policies was given by the order from the Maltese government a few days ago for the army to storm a rescue ship.

Italian fascist violence against Roma


This video is 1938 Italian fascist propaganda images of Hitler visiting his fellow dictator Mussolini in Rome.

Unfortunately, the spirit of these two war criminals is not dead in Rome yet.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The mayor of Rome has investigated the violent protests against the arrival of a number of Roma families in a reception center. She wants to know whether the violence was motivated by racial hatred.

Hundreds … of extreme right-wing activists took to the streets to prevent a group of 70 Roma, including 33 children, from accessing a reception center in the Italian capital. They set fire to cars and trampled food that was intended for the Roma. They shouted: “They must die of hunger!” The road was also blocked so that the families could not enter the center. …

This Italian tweet says (translated):

Trampling on sandwiches for Roma is not a protest, but racial hatred. Screaming “you must die of hunger” against women and children is inhumanity.

The NOS article continues:

Among the protesters were members of the neo-fascist movements CasaPound and Forza Nuova. The latter movement said in a statement that it was ready to raise the black flag [of Mussolini‘s fascists] and the Italian flag “against invasion and ethnic replacement”.

‘Replacement’: the conspiracy theory of the neonazi terrorist of the New Zealand mosque massacre.

The city council of Rome, led by the Five Star Movement, finally decided to move the families to another neighborhood in Rome. …

CasaPound says they have made a big win. If the municipality would still accommodate the Roma in the intended center, then … the neo-fascists threaten to take to the streets again.

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini condemns yesterday’s violent protest, but he maintains his position, [NOS correspondent] Marghadi says. “And that position is: zero Roma camps at the end of his ministry. …

As a minister, he wants to pursue an active policy against the Roma. Marghadi: “For example, in August last year he wanted to have a census of Roma, so that people without an Italian passport could be deported. The others would have to “unfortunately be kept in Italy”, said Salvini.

Italian government’s anti-Roma racism


This 26 April 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s most openly racist politician and leader of the far-right Northern League party, loves Donald Trump. And it appears that Trump loves him back.

Salvini, who has called German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy to accept Syrian refugees a disaster, and who has been pictured with a bulldozer on the edge of Roma camps, tweeted a series of pictures of himself at a Trump rally in Philadelphia this week.

Salvini, who is in the United States to promote Italian culture then met with Trump for around 20 minutes after the rally, which was held on April 25—a day that Italy celebrates its liberation from fascism and a holiday Salvini does not celebrate. According to sources, Trump reportedly said, “Matteo, I hope you will soon become the prime minister of Italy.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

ITALY: Police evicted Roma families from a camp in Rome yesterday in defiance of an order by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Around 300 people were forcibly removed in dawn raids with accusations that excessive force was used.

Right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said: “Legality, order and respect before anything else.” It is not clear whether the families will be rehoused.

USA: GOP OFFICIAL QUITS PARTY OVER ‘RACISM Lori Stegmann, an elected official in Oregon, is leaving the Republican Party because of the “misogyny” and “racism” of the Trump administration. [HuffPost]

Christian Group Sent GOP Congressman To Romania To Meet With Holocaust Denier: here.

Italian far-right minister wants persecution of Roma


This 2012 video is called An overview of a gypsy [Roma] camp located in the middle of a trash pile on the outskirts of Catania, Italy.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Italian Minister of Internal Affairs Matteo Salvini wants to register how many Roma people live in the country. His intention is to expel Roma without valid papers. “We unfortunately have to keep Roma with Italian citizenship here”, he said on TV channel TeleLombardia. …

It is estimated that between 130,000 and 170,000 Roma live in Italy. About half are said to be Italian citizens. … Many Roma also complain that they are victims of discrimination in Italy.

Horrible history

Salvini is the leader of the anti-immigration party Lega and has long advocated special policies for Roma. For example, his party has suggested making it easier to separate Roma children from their families if they do not attend school. Salvini also said earlier that he wants to “bulldozer” Roma camps and he prefers to accuse the group of being criminals rather than working.

The proposal to count the Roma caused indignation in Italian media. Newspaper La Repubblica writes that Salvini causes a “shock” with his plan. …

Several opposition members say that Italy has a horrible history with censuses. They refer to the counts of Jews by the fascist regime of Mussolini, in the late 30’s of the last century.

Most of these Jews counted by Mussolini were later murdered in concentration camps like Auschwitz.

“The minister does not seem to know that an origin-based count is not allowed in Italy”, said the chairman of an advocacy group for Roma and Sinti. He says that it has long been shown how many people live in legal and illegal Roma camps. He also points out that most undocumented Roma are stateless and can therefore not be deported.

Salvini’s ‘Roma register’ marks a dangerous step towards fascism. How the left responds will be crucial to turning the tide against the racists: here.

Following his threat to expel “all 600,000” immigrants from Italy, Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini (Lega) now plans to register and count all Sinti and Roma living in the country. Such a move would be the prelude to mass, fascist-style repression: here.

The closure of Italian ports to civilian rescue ships by Lega Interior Minister Matteo Salvini goes hand in hand with the lies and slanders made against non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their rescue ships. Politicians and journalists are attempting to isolate volunteer aid workers and turn popular opinion against them: here.

Paradoxes within the Italian government coalition: here.

Ukrainian nazis’ anti-Roma violence


This 2016 Euronews video is called Roma forced to flee violent mob in Ukraine village.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday, April 27, 2018

F 2nd: Ukraine Roma attacks

HUMAN rights groups are demanding an “urgent investigation” after Ukrainian far-right nationalists torched a Roma camp, throwing stones at women and children as they fled.

Members of the neonazi C14 group

In the C14 name, the C alludes to C18, the (originally English, later international) neonazi terror gang Combat 18. In which 18, the first and eighth letters in the alphabet, stands for ‘AH’=Adolf Hitler. The 14 in the C14 name stands for the ’14 words’, a racist neonazi slogan.

“wreaked havoc” in the capital Kiev’s Goloseevsky district, setting fire to 15 tents and forcing the Roma to leave.

They boasted about their actions on social media, claiming to have “disposed of the litter” and “safely burnt” the tents, describing their attacks as “convincing and legal arguments”.

Footage posted online showed the neonazis chasing a group of Roma, using gas canisters on women and children.

Amnesty International’s Ukrainian office director Oksana Pokalchuk said that a number of people were injured in the attack and she accused the fascist group of using “bladed weapons and possibly even firearms.”

A statement by the NGO claimed that police who arrived on the scene told the Roma that the camp was burning and advised them to leave Kiev as soon as possible.

Ukrainian authorities have been accused of turning a blind eye to rising neonazi attacks in the country. The C14 group are closely associated with the far-right Svoboda party and two of its members are suspected of involvement in the 2015 murder of journalist Oles Buzina.

Ms Pokalchuk said that, by continuing to ignore the actions of fascists, Ukrainian authorities give them a “feeling of impunity.”

“It is important to understand that anyone could become a target of such attacks — Roma, women, anti-corruption activists, Jews, the LGBT [community], as well as journalists, artists, students or writers”, she said.

A group of 57 US Congress members have asked Secretary of State John Sullivan to put pressure on Ukraine over “state-sponsored Holocaust denial” and “glorification of nazi collaborators, including Stepan Bandera.”

This video is on the 2018 C14 anti-Roma attack.

Members of the far-right Ukrainian paramilitary group C14 recently attacked a Roma camp in Kiev, forcing families and children to flee. The incident was just one of many assaults in Ukraine committed by right-wing groups against ethnic minorities and those opposed to the oligarchic government of Petro Poroshenko: here.

Violent anti-Semitism in Ukraine: here.

Prize-winning film actor dies of poverty in Bosnia


This video says about itself:

AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER Trailer | Festival 2013

13 August 2013

Acclaimed director Danis Tanovic won the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival for this unflinching exposé of the prejudices faced by Bosnia-Herzegovina‘s Roma minority, starring the real-life couple whose harrowing ordeal became a national scandal.

By Stefan Steinberg in Germany:

2013 Berlin Film Festival prize winner dies in poverty

26 February 2018

Nazif Mujić, winner of a Silver Bear award for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013, has died aged just 48. According to the first accounts of his death, Mujić died in extreme poverty in the hamlet of Svatovac in Bosnia. Mujić starred in the film An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker by Danis Tanovic at the Berlin Film Festival.

Mujić plays himself in the film, which recounts his real-life struggles as a scrap-iron collector whose wife suffers a miscarriage. The family seeks to obtain medical help, but are turned away from Bosnian hospitals because they are Roma. Tanovic’s film shone a spotlight on the extent of the persecution and discrimination of Roma in Bosnia after the break-up of Yugoslavia and the reintroduction of capitalism.

Following his success at the Berlin festival—Iron Picker won two Silver Bears, for Mujić as best actor and for the film itself—and after failing to find proper work after returning to Bosnia, Mujić lodged a claim in 2014 to reside in Germany with his family. Explaining his claim at the time, Mujić declared: “I don’t want to be rich. I just want an ordinary job, a chance to feed my family.” Expressing his disenchantment with Bosnia, he said, “Bosnia betrayed me…I will not go back. I would rather hang myself.

Around 75,000 Roma live in Bosnia, but according to the local NGO Atlantic Initiative just five percent have official employment.

In 2016, Human Rights Watch stated that Roma remain “the most vulnerable group” in Bosnia, facing “widespread discrimination in employment, education, and political representation.”

Germany rejected Mujić’s application for asylum, declaring cynically that, for humanitarian reasons, the government would not deport Mujić and his family until after the Bosnian winter. Back in Bosnia, Mujić was forced to resume his former work of gathering scrap metal for a few euros a day.

Unable to pay for his family’s basic needs, Mujić sold his Silver Bear to a local tavern owner for €4,000 ($US4,930). “First I sold an old car, then some personal items, and then it was the Bear’s turn”, Mujić said at the time. He said the decision to sell the trophy was “very difficult” but “my children had eaten almost nothing for three days.”

According to the actor’s brother, Suljo Mujić, Mujić had been suffering from ill health in recent months and was very worried because of his financial situation. In January of this year, he tried to find a way to enter Germany again, but came back, the brother said.

Using some of the money he made from the sale of the trophy, Mujić purchased a bus ticket to Berlin, but was forced to return to Bosnia after being informed he was liable for a fine that he could not afford to pay, dating back to the time he and his family had applied for asylum in Germany.

It is clear that the inhumane asylum policy of the German government and the Berlin Senate … contributed to Mujić’s early death.

In a typical case, in mid-January 2016, the Berlin police deported eight-year-old Denica, who suffers from a heart condition, and her father back to Bosnia. The boy’s mother and Denica’s brother, who also has a heart condition, had received temporary permission to stay because of the severity of his condition, but then decided to travel back to Bosnia “voluntarily.”

In 2017, 2,028 refugees were deported from Berlin, of which more than 80 percent were sent back to Balkan countries, including 254 to Bosnia.

At the end of December, the Senate Department for Integration, Labor and Social Affairs assessed that there was a total of 11,754 migrants who had been denied asylum and were legible for deportation.

‘Moderate’ racist German politician hates Roma


This video says about itself:

German weekend football dominated by AfD chief’s ‘racist’ Boateng comment

30 May 2016

There is local pride in the Berlin district where [African-]German international footballer Jerome Boateng grew up.

But his and Germany’s performance on the pitch at the weekend were overshadowed by the furore following allegedly racist comments by the deputy chief of the right-wing AfD (Alternative for Germany) party.

The newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sontagszeitung claims that Alexander Gauland, 75, said that Germans thought he was a good footballer but did not want him as a neighbour.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The German [right-wing] newspaper Welt am Sonntag says its has an email in which AfD party leader Alice Weidel describes Arabs, Sinti and Roma as “uncivilised people that we are swamped with”. The letter states that “enemies of the constitution [who govern us]” are doing that for the “systematic destruction of bourgeois society”.

The Merkel government is described as “nothing more than puppets of the Allies in World War II, who have the task of keeping the German people subjected by foreign infiltration inducing molecular civil war in urban areas.” The members of the government are called “pigs”. …

Weidel was relatively unknown until recently but became part of the party leadership after party president Frauke Petry was sidelined after a battle with the far right wing of the party. She is supposedly the liberal face of the AfD, which is pronouncedly anti-Islam.

The 100% neonazis in the AfD party were dissatisfied that under Ms Petry, the party was only 50% neonazi. So they replaced Petry with two party leaders: Alexander Gauland of the racist footballer Boateng comment, clearly further to the right than Petry, and supposedly ‘moderate’ Ms Weidel. Ms Weidel is supposedly moderate for being lesbian while the party platform is homophobic.

Now it turns out that to be a ‘moderate’ racist like Ms Weidel is a bit like being ‘moderately pregnant’.

Ms Weidel is an ex-investment banker and a member of the Friedrich A. von Hayek-Gesellschaft. This organisation was originally founded to promote the pro-Big Business ideas of Austrian economist Friedrich A. von Hayek. But, according to their former president, Ms Karen Horn, who resigned in protest, the organisation at first only attacked socialist and Keynesian economists, but then extended the attacks to ‘democracy, feminism, pluralism, homosexuality and atheism‘.

Not only Ms Weidel, but at least two other prominent AfD politicians are Friedrich A. von Hayek-Gesellschaft members. They are Peter Boehringer and Lady Beatrix von Storch, née Duchess of Oldenburg, the granddaughter of Hitler’s finance minister and convicted war criminal Count Schwerin von Krosigk.

Von Hayek’s Mont Pelerin society, how it influences Donald Trump: here.

Meet Alice Weidel, the Former Goldman Sachs Banker and Lesbian Leader of Germany’s Far-right. Since its founding in 2013, the euroskeptic AfD led by Weidel, has sparked concern and controversy in Germany, even going as far as a court case in which it was deemed legal for a comedian to refer to Weidel as a ‘Nazi slut’: here.

British Conservative anti-Roma racism


This video says about itself:

Hidden Sorrows – Persecution of Romanian Gypsies during the Holocaust

18 June 2014

A documentary about Romanian Roma (Gypsies) – featuring survivors describing their experiences during the Holocaust. The film also shows the lives of Roma today and current issues such as poverty and discrimination, traditions such as those displayed at weddings and funerals.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tory MP slammed for racism

Thursday 24th August 2017

TORY MP Douglas Ross was compared to US President Donald Trump yesterday after he attacked the travelling community in an online interview.

When asked what he would do if he was prime minister for the day, Mr Ross responded that he would impose “tougher enforcement against gypsy travellers.”

Scottish Greens justice spokesman John Finnie hit back at the bigoted remarks.

“Douglas Ross was given an open goal, be PM and sort anything you want,” the MSP said.

“He didn’t choose improving health, education or housing, he didn’t seek to eradicate poverty, work for a better planet or peace. Rather he chose to attack an already beleaguered minority, our gypsy travellers.

“Much like Donald Trump seemed emboldened the more outrageous he became, so do Scotland’s Conservatives, whose ranks boast racists and sectarian bigots.”

British Blairite MP Mann accused of anti-Roma racism: here.

PRESSURE is mounting on the Tories to sideline a councillor in Lancashire whose suspension for racism has been lifted for the sake of political advantage. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell demanded today that the Tories apologise and resuspend Rosemary Carroll after her reinstatement on Friday lunchtime enabled the Conservatives to take control of Pendle Borough Council. Ms Carroll was forced to stand down for three months after comparing Asians to dogs in a Facebook post last June.

Among the repressive legislation in the Queen’s Speech of Boris Johnson’s Conservative government are racist measures targeting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities: here.

Racist French Blairite Valls unwelcome in Macron’s party


This video says about itself:

7 October 2013

Hundreds of pupils in Paris took the day off school to protest on Thursday in retaliation for the deportation of foreign students. Showing solidarity with their peers, the pupils argue everyone has a right to education.

The protest follows the deportation of 15-year-old Roma student Leonarda Dibrani, who was expelled from France to Kosovo October 9.

The demonstration marks a backlash to Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls‘ comments in September, when he said most of the 20,000 Romas in France had no motivation for integrating into society and should be sent back to their countries of origin.

Blairite politician Manuels Valls in 2014 rose to Prime Minister; but now, he seems too fall.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Valls not welcome in Macron’s party

Today, 09:18

Manuel Valls is not welcome as a parliamentary candidate for En Marche!. The French former prime minister announced yesterday his move to the movement of the new president Macron, but the party does not want him. …

The rejection puts Valls in a difficult position. In an interview he said yesterday that his socialist party is dead. He will therefore not be able to return to that Socialist Party.

According to [NOS correspondent] Renout, you could say that Valls is now out on the street. “He closed the door to the socialist party, but Macron closed the door as well.”

This is not so surprising. When Macron started En Marche! Valls cynically predicted it would fail. Macron may still remember now, after Vallsweathervane-like flip-flopping Damascene conversion. In December 2016, Macron called Valls a ‘traitor’. See also here. And Valls’ government was very impopular, so Valls may drive voters away from Macron rather than attracting them.

28 June 2017: Former French Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls, quits Socialists, is humiliated by Macron, and faces Challenge over Electoral Fraud: here.