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You're reading: For the dignity of Roma people in Europe

In Romania,
entire communities are rejected to secluded areas surrounded by walls, lacking
water and electricity, like in Slovakia, where Roma women are sterilized. In
Bulgaria, they are confined in urban ghettos. In the Czech Republic, they are
targeted by an increasing number of neo-Nazi demonstrations. In Croatia, they
get Molotov cocktails thrown at them. In Hungary, they are harassed and
assaulted by the Jobbik paramilitary militia and therefore have to seek shelter
abroad. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, they suffer daily discrimination like in
Italy, Moldavia or Serbia. In France, the calls for hatred and even for
extermination increase, and Roma people still suffer from stigmatizations and
even expulsions similar to the ones that took place under the former government.
Some of them are forced to go back to Kosovo, as a consequence of the on-going
expulsions from Germany, Denmark or Sweden.

The violence
of these persecutions varies according to the countries, but their nature
remains the same everywhere. They draw their origins from the same stigmatizing
representations and the same over-used stereotypes.

Memory is
also directly attacked sometimes; this certainly helps make these persecutions
linger on. In Lety, for example, in the Czech Republic, a piggery has been
built on the site of a former Nazi camp, sullying the memory of the
1,300 Roma people who were concentrated there between 1942 and 1943 – only
300 of them survived deportation and their stay in the camp. 

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