Friday, August 8, 2008

More on the persecution of the Roma in Italy

H/t The Corvid Diaries, which also has this to say:
I Care is a really useful and informative website about the persecution of minorities in Europe, and particularly the difficulties faced by the Roma population of Italy. Please go to this page to see what you can do about the situation. There is a letter there which can be sent (emailed) from anywhere in the world, as there is international interest in this issue.


From the I Care website:

"The images of the attacks on the Roma camps in the Napels and elsewhere are reminiscent of the fire bombings or asylum seekers centers in Rostock, Solingen and many other places in East-Germany during the early nineties; crowds of people standing around, either uncaring or cheering on the violence, while the police is nowhere to be found. Prompted by the arrest of a Roma teenager allegedly attempting to kidnap a six-month-old baby in Naples, which echoes the old antisemetic blood libel, and further fuelled by governmental incitement against Roma and migrants, a nation-wide hysteria and a pogrom-like atmosphere is taking over Italy, while Italian government insists that the victims of the violence and discrimination, the Roma, are the real problem. Italian Government passed a law that makes it easier to deport Roma and has started a campaign to register all Roma in Italy by taking their fingerprints. The latest outrage came when two young Roma sisters drowned in the sea near Napoli. The bodies were dumped on the beach like trash and lay there for hours, while the people on the beach kept on sunbathing, eating, drinking and having a good time.

For more info on the Roma crisis in Italy, go to the ICARE news 'Roma Community Under Siege in Italy' section . Also visit the special page of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), or if you speak Italian, have a look at the site of Opera Nomadi."

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