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April 22 2011


Gyöngyöspata Solidarity | blog


From the 6th of March, the Hungarian Civil Guard (successor to the infamous Hungarian Guard) have been actively intimidating and exercising unlawful control over the local Roma community in Gyöngyöspata, a village of 2500 people about 75km northeast of Budapest.

Although they have since left Gyöngyöspata, the Civil Guard (in collaboration witn Jobbik) is already planning to occupy more Roma communities in other towns and villages in Hungary, as evidenced by Gabor Vona’s statements reported here. We are keeping close track of the situation.

This blog aims to provide regular English updates to the international community. Besides posting first-hand updates, we are also compiling relevant pieces of news from various sources. In particular, articles from across the spectrum of the Hungarian media are being translated and posted here. Hopefully they will give you a fuller picture of how the Gyöngyöspata situation in the past 3 weeks has been reported and percieved in Hungary. We do not necessarily agree with everything posted here, but rather aim to ensure that non-Hungarian speakers have access to a variety of information.

Please visit the How to Help page for more information on getting involved.


Ungarn: Regierung dementiert "Evakuierung" von Roma | - 2011-04-22

Die ungarische Regierung und das Rote Kreuz haben heute eine „Evakuierung“ der Roma-Frauen und -Kinder aus dem nordungarischen Ort Gyöngyöspata dementiert. Es handle sich um einen „Osterurlaub“, nicht um eine „aus plötzlicher Notwendigkeit vollzogene Aussiedlung“, sagte der Sprecher von Premier Viktor Orban, Peter Szijjarto, laut der Nachrichtenagentur MTI. Auch Erik Selymes, der Direktor des ungarischen Roten Kreuzes, erklärte, das Ferienlager sei bereits zuvor geplant gewesen.

Im Gegensatz dazu betonte der Chef der Roma-Gemeinde, Janos Farkas, gegenüber der Nachrichtenagentur AFP, dass die 277 Frauen und Kinder das rund 81 Kilometer nordöstlich von Budapest gelegene Dorf sehr wohl wegen eines „Ausbildungslagers“ der rechtsradikalen Vedero-Miliz verlassen hätten. Diese will in Gyöngyöspata am Wochenende ein Trainingslager für „militärische Grundkenntnisse“ abhalten.

Nach Angaben des Roten Kreuzes wurden 172 Betroffene in das Ferienlager Csilleberc am Stadtrand von Budapest gebracht. Rund 100 weitere wurden in das ostungarische Szolnok gefahren.

Vedero, Hungary Far Right Group, Causes Roma Mass Evacuation With Training Camp

GYONGYOSPATA, Hungary — The Hungarian Red Cross evacuated hundreds of Roma women and children from their homes Friday because they were frightened of a far-right vigilante group that was setting up a training camp near their village.

The 277 evacuees from the village of Gyongyospata were taken by bus to other parts of Hungary because the local Roma are concerned about potential confrontations with members of Vedero, or Defense Force.

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November 27 2010

Call for Films made by and about Roma
Deadline 15th December

Dear filmmakers,

Building on the successes from the first Festival in October 2009, the 2011 Rolling Film Festival will once again highlight films made by and about Roma around the world from  24th > 27th February 2011.   
Rolling Film Festival #2 is developing several new actions this year. Aside from a four-day film festival in Prishtina, we will also organize a school program and community screenings in 7 cities all around Kosovo from 2nd > 10th March 2011, as well as a short film competition for Roma youth aiming to encourage Roma youth creativity.     

Balkan Sunflowers and Romawood has begun the organization of Rolling Film Festival #2 and would like to invite all  the filmmakers who made a film about Roma and Roma filmmakers to submit their film to our festival.
We are currently looking for films - Documentaries, Short Films, Fiction,Experimental or/and Animation of any length.  We are also looking for Video Spots and Campaign Videos (up to 2 min) with a strong message.

Last year's experience sending the films by post to Kosovo was quite a challenge for the filmmakers and the organizers; therefore this year the films will be sent to this adress:
Djordje Tadic for the Rolling Film Festival
Djure Strugara 11
25230 Kula,

We would kindly ask you to fill in the ENTRY FORM below and send it to us by the 15th of December along with a DVD of a film and/or the Video Spot and Campaign Video.

Sincerely Yours,
Rolling Film Festival Team

November 07 2010


Foto: Christian Ditsch,, c

Roma sind Europa

Die Bilder der abgeschobenen Roma aus Frankreich sorgen allerorts für Aufsehen. Auch in Deutschland drohen Abschiebungen – bisher ohne große Empörung. Eine taz-Beilage von Aktion Sühnezeichen, unterstützt von der Amadeu Antonio Stiftung, klärt auf.

Dass die Mauer in Berlin aufging, war ein Glück, von dem die Deutschen dachten, es beträfe nur sie selbst. Doch da waren die Migranten, denen das deutsche Schicksal mit einem Mal näher kam, als ihnen lieb war. Und dann kamen die Roma – aus Rumänien und Jugoslawien. Sie sind Europa und wurden überall brutal verfolgt. Gleich nach der Maueröffnung landeten sie am Bahnhof Lichtenberg, wo Skinheads und Polizisten sie mit Stöcken erwarteten. Damit sie bleiben konnten, haben wir dabei geholfen, dass sie sich selbst organisieren, Schulen besuchen, erfolgreich arbeiten können. Die nun so „Integrierten“ abzuschieben ins Ungewisse ist moralisch, politisch, wirtschaftlich und nicht zuletzt menschlich ein Desaster. Die Roma abzuschieben heißt: Europa abzuschieben und mit ihm seinen Reichtum und seine Geschichte.

Von Anetta Kahane

Das pdf zur Beilage zum Download

Das Schicksal von Johann Trollmann

Zero Tolerance für Roma

Was ist Antiziganismus?

02mydafsoup-01 - European Roma Rights Centre | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Roma Rights 2/2011

Roma and Politics: A chance for change?

4 November 2010

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is accepting original articles and other submissions (book reviews, interviews with key figures and conference reports) for its Roma Rights journal from a broad range of disciplines addressing the topic: Roma and Politics: A chance for change?

Participatory democracy is one of the fundamental principles of Europe, as promulgated by European institutions. This concept suggests that a citizen’s active involvement in the decision-making process should go beyond merely voting in the elections. A participatory democracy should create opportunities for citizens to meaningfully contribute to decision-making and broaden the range of people who have access to such opportunities. Only through making participatory democracy a reality can a society go beyond representative democracy where voting is the main form of influencing decision-making and most power is vested in the parliament and government. In a participatory democracy all groups and individuals have opportunities to reflect their particular concerns, issues, problems and solutions.


September 23 2010


September 15 2010

Democracy Now! 2010-09-15 Wednesday

Democracy Now! 2010-09-15 Wednesday

  • Headlines for September 15, 2010
  • Final Primaries Held Before November Midterms, Tea Party Gains Ground in GOP
  • Right Livelihood Award Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Gathering of Laureates in Bonn
  • Another 9/11 Anniversary: September 11, 1973, When US-Backed Pinochet Forces Took Power in Chile
  • From "Little Tibet" to Kenya, Right Livelihood Laureates Fight for Peace and Social Justice
  • France Comes Under Mounting Pressure over Mass Deportation of Roma

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May 07 2010

Macedonia: Police Raid & Roma Riot

By Filip Stojanovski

On April 15, market inspectors and special police forces in full riot gear raided a textile market in the Skopje municipality of Šuto Orizari, aka Šutka, inhabited predominantly by ethnic Roma. The subsequent protest escalated into a full-scale riot that included an exchange of stones and shock bombs.

According to the official announcement [MKD] by the Ministry of Interior, the purpose of the law enforcement action was to assist the Coordination Body of the Government of Republic of Macedonia for Protection of Intellectual Property in seizing counterfeit branded clothes. The announcement published with the title “No excuse for yesterday's hooliganism” and subtitled “All involved will be identified and brought before the face of justice,” starts with the following:

The Ministry of Interior Affairs condemns all attempts to find any kind of excuse for yesterday's violent and rowdy behavior by a group of citizens in Šuto Orizari, which involved an attack on the police officers using stones and other objects.

Instead of defense and apology, primarily to prevent generalization of the bad image to the whole Roma population, the Ministry expects all the responsible persons and concerned citizens to aid in the identification of the perpetrators of the disruption of the public order and peace, through the attack against the police which resulted in 16 injured officers and damage to four vehicles and other ministry equipment.

The police also informed that immediately after the incident their Internal Control Sector conducted an investigation about the level of force applied and concluded that:

…police officers engaged in the implementation of the action acted within the limits of their competences.

So far the Sector has received no complaints or depositions against the police officers, and no injuries were reported by the citizens.

According to Shpic daily, shopkeepers complained that non-branded merchandise (such as white underwear) was seized also, and that “more than 40 residents of the settlement were injured, but were afraid to go to hospital.”

Considering the police announcement, it is not surprising that very few citizen videos from the scene were published online. YouTube users who wanted to draw the attention to the incident republished clips from TV news, which compared the incident to confrontations in Gaza or Beirut.

Immediately after the incident Kimi, a right-wing blogger, started a discussion portraying [MKD] the police as victims of one-sided beating:

…how should the police react to avoid being beaten, in order to solve the situation with the Roma [sic] in this state (the NGOs protecting them have not made announcements yet)?

Tell me in which state it is legal to sell smuggled branded goods?

PS Someone might object and attack the police when they arrest drug dealers, because those people are also pitiable, and earn their daily bread.

Dozens of bloggers commented on this post, including Barabbas, who wrote:

Kimi, are you kidding? Did you watch the news, the clips?
Special forces against the paupers? How come the special forces do not go to Kondovo or Arachinovo when the electricity is cut [to those who do not pay the bills], for instance?

This is a classic show of force - to rule with an iron fist!

…and, filipko, who responded to the actual question:

…Smuggled branded goods are not sold in the states where
- the state apparatus is small and efficient
- the state apparatus does not hang like a stone around the neck of the industry
- the state apparatus helps the economy, creating the conditions for conduct of legal business
- the state apparatus is not stuck up to their necks in bribes and corruption
- the state apparatus is not a place to provide employment for political party apparatchiks

In such states it is legitimate to show force to implement laws.

Referring to a recent scandal [MKD], Oggiedoggie added:

Imagine a country where a high-ranking police official can wear a branded fake watch! Without a care in the world.

Let me know if there's a state where such a thing is legal?

A group of Roma activists used Facebook to invite people for a protest march against the discrimination of the Roma, starting from Šuto Orizari to the seat of the Government and then to the seat of the Delegation of the European Union. The event page also served as a place for discussion between people who oppose the protest and support the actions of the police, and protest supporters from all ethnic communities. Enisa Eminovska explained the reason for the protest:

Unemployment within the Roma ethnic community is 73%, as opposed to 31% among the Macedonians and 27% among the Albanians! 63% of Roma live bellow the official poverty line.

This should have been solved before closing the Šutka market! All the governments in the last 10 years tolerated the market because it enabled Roma people to maintain a bare existence. How come they decided to “fix it” with 1 hour of beating, without tackling the issues I mention above.

The protest took place on April 20, gathering “several hundreds” students and other citizens.

April 18 2010

Rechtsradikale in Osteuropa: Ungarn ist nur der Anfang | Frankfurter Rundschau - Feuilleton - Buchbesprechung | Martin Zähringer - 20100413

[...] Wo es [...] nach 1989 [...] chaotische Skinheadgruppen gab, agieren jetzt wohlorganisierte Antisemiten, neonazistische Bewegungen, ultranationalistsche Parteien und [...] paramilitärische Verbände. [...] Die [ungarische] Jobbik ist die erste rechtsradikale, offen antisemitische und romafeindliche Partei, die in ein osteuropäisches Parlament einzieht. [...] Bernhard Odehnal [betont] im Gespräch eine tiefgehende politische und existentielle Verunsicherung nach 1989: "[...] durch die Globalisierung und jetzt durch die Wirtschaftskrise ist eine große Unsicherheit da, [...] Angriffe auf die Roma gehören [...] zum Aktionsspektrum [...] Ein weiteres gemeinsames Feindbild sind Juden. [...] bei der katholisch-antikommunistischen "Nationalen Wiedergeburt" in Polen ist der Antisemitismus das zentrale ideologische Element. [...] es [handelt] sich [hier]bei [...] nicht mehr um Randerscheinungen [...] Odehnal und Mayer nennen ihr Buch "Die rechte Gefahr aus Osteuropa" [...]

January 21 2010



Acht Minuten Zeit? Ein wunderbarer Clip, als Einstieg.
Ihr müßt euch den ansehen, los.

Šuto Orizari, kurz Shutka, ist die einzige Gemeinde der Welt, in der die Roma die Mehrheit der Bewohner stellen; die übige Bevölkerung besteht aus Albanern, Mazedoniern, Türken und Serben.



Wer in irgend einer Sache Chef, Häuptling oder Champion werden möchte, der sollte nach Shutka fahren. Hier das volle Programm: The Shutka book of records (Teile 1-9)

“In Shutka misst sich der Wohlstand nicht am Geld. Hier ist derjenige wohlhabend, der immer wieder in der Lage ist, sich neu zu erfinden. Vielleicht ist dies auch der Grund, warum behauptet wird, in Shutka finden mehr Meisterschaften in irgendwas statt, als irgendwo anders auf der Welt. Seien es Vampirjagden, Gesangswettbewerbe, Türkische-Musikkassetten-sammeln-Meisterschaften oder Wer-hat-die-schönste-Sonntagsgarderobe-Ausscheidungskämpfe. Selbst Kanarienvögel, Tauben und Gänse werden trainiert, um sich im Singen, Fliegen und Boxen zu messen.”

Die Wikipedia über Šuto Orizari, auch über die problematische Situation der Menschen dort. |


Dank für den Tip an Jinnah Komatsu!


→ Hierzu siehe auch:

Eine grandiose orientalische Fassung des “Pulp Fiction”-Themas. |
Ich möchte berühmt und glücklich sein. |
Der Wind auf den Dünen. |
Das Kanun – die orientalische Zither. |

Jinn-TV. Gucken! |
• Die Clips von Jinnah Komatsu auf Vimeo. |
• Jinnah Komatsu auf MySpace. |

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