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Czech anti-Roma marches

Hundreds of neo-Nazis gathered in cities all over the Czech Republic for anti-Roma marches on the last weekend of August, leading to clashes with the police and at least 75 arrests. Since April, there have been nine of these marches all over the country, according to Amnesty International (AI) and the European Roma Rights Centre […]

The Other Budapest Experience

The Other Budapest Experience

The Danube is rising fast as we walk along the gangplank on to the A38, a former Ukrainian coal barge moored in Budapest. “I’ve never seen it like this!” said Lauren Groves, a Brit who has lived in Budapest for four years: “Usually the gangplank slopes steeply downwards from the bank to the boat, meaning […]

Reinventing Roma

Reinventing Roma

“When I was a child, ‘Zigeuner’ was my name, my origin and my job description,” remembered Rudolf Sarközi. The 69-year-old chairman of the Kulturverein Österreichischer Roma (Cultural Association for Austrian Roma) grew up in southern Burgenland, an area where Austria’s indigenous Roma still live. Sarközi rejects the label Zigeuner (gypsy) with its racist and stereotypical […]

Hungarian prize revoked

Hungarian prize revoked

On 15 March, Ferenc Szaniszló won the Tancsics prize, Hungary’s most prestigious award for journalism, causing a national and international outcry. The journalist and television presenter Szaniszló has fallen into disrepute for spreading anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and anti-Roma comments on the broadcasting station Echo-TV, which is closely affiliated with the Orbán admistration. In 2011, the […]

France repatriates Roma to Romania and Bulgaria

France repatriates Roma to Romania and Bulgaria

French and Romanian officials have agreed on plans to repatriate some 80 families from Roma camps on the outskirts of Paris, Lyon and Lille. It was signed 12 Sept. by both nations and also included the signature of European Affairs Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. Citing health concerns, French authorities have conducted raids of “illegal” squat camps […]

Racism Persists In Croatia

Racism Persists In Croatia

Mersiha stood in front of a modernist apartment block  on Varsavska street in the centre of downtown Zagreb and nervously rang the bell at the entrance for the umpteenth time. She called the same mobile number over and over. She looked up at the light in the fourth floor window, in what might be her […]

Book Review: Romale! by Ursula Glaeser & Astrid Kury

The Activists of Romale! Romale! Persönliches über Aufbruch, Kunst und Aktivismus (“Personal Views on Breaking Out, Art and Activism”) is an elegant book, showcasing life experiences of Roma as artists and human rights activists – breaking out of social exclusion. Presented within “Safe European Home?”, a multi-dimensional initiative of the Wiener Festwochen’s “Into The City” […]

The Plight of the Roma

The Roma have been persecuted across Europe for centuries. Now they face a form of discrimination unseen in Europe since World War II: group evictions and expulsions from several European democracies of men, women, and children on the grounds that they pose a threat to public order. Last week, France began to carry out plans […]

Racism: Keep Talking

Who’s to say whether the gunman on the outskirts of Bratislava was after his neighbors for being Roma? The police deny that the incident in which seven people were killed and 15 wounded had any racist motives; neighbors are certain that it did: He was known for his hate of the Roma, they say. No […]

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