'We are not ethnic garbage,' says Macedonian Roma minister
"We are not Gypsies, we are Roma," and "Hitler is back" read the banners held by more than a hundred Macedonian Roma protesting on Monday in front of the European Commission representation and the French embassy in Skopje.
They demanded that the European Union stop the expulsion of Roma from France, and the resignation of French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Protesters were received by the French Ambassador in Skopje Jean-Claude Schlumberger who defended his country by saying that people returned voluntarily and with financial assistance.
This did not convince the protesters. "We ask for an end to the collective punishment of Roma people and to their stigmatization," said Azrijan Memedov from Roma Veritas, a non-governmental organisation.
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