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Patrolling the Streets with Hungary’s Roma Police

Budapest, 14.6.2014 13:18, (ROMEA) I was born into a poor family in central Hungary, in an environment with little opportunities. Thankfully I was supported by the Open Society Foundations with financial aid to complete my high school diploma. If I hadn’t managed this, I don’t know where I would be today. At the age of 21, I enrolled at a police academy in Budapest and immediately declared my Roma heritage.  full story

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Netherlands: Wilders' Party for Freedom in fourth place

The Hague, 24.5.2014 21:00, (ROMEA) The eurosceptic right-wing Party for Freedomg (PVV) of Dutch politician Geert Wilders came in a surprising fourth place in the Dutch EP elections yesterday. The preliminary results were reported by state television.  full story

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Czech Republic: Sir Nicholas Winton to receive the Order of the White Lion

London, 19.5.2014 23:14, (ROMEA) Sir Nicholas Winton, the man who saved hundreds of Jewish children in Czechoslovakia from the Holocaust, will be awarded the Order of the White Lion later this year. Czech President Miloš Zeman has decided to award him the country's highest state honor.  full story

A Roma Reality Check for the UK

London, 27.3.2014 10:19, (ROMEA) Recent months have seen politicians and the media in the UK predicting an influx of Roma migrants from Bulgaria and Romania. Roma have been portrayed as a threat to British society in the form of welfare tourists and beggars. The reality is rather different. The UK is not among the preferred destinations of Roma from other EU countries, and the small number of Roma who have arrived in the UK have much to offer.  full story

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UK: Anti-fascist march through London includes Romani representatives

London, 26.3.2014 17:41, (ROMEA) In the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, a big role will evidently be played by how the candidates position themselves on the question of the threat from the ultra-right. Speaking during a meeting on the occasion of an anti-fascist march in London on 22 March, Ladislav Baláž, chair of the British-Romani association Europe Roma International, said everyone must be prepared to fight resurgent fascism in society.  full story

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UK: Train passengers told to "Be aware of pickpockets and Gypsies"

London, 25.3.2014 17:26, (ROMEA) A train company in Great Britain has begun investigating who is behind a racist announcement that was made over its public address system earlier this month. "Telford Central - please be aware of pickpockets and Gypsies" a voice announced over the public address system as the train pulled into the station.  full story

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Slovakia: Politicians can't avoid Fascist rioter turned provincial governor

Bratislava, Slovakia, 10.1.2014 0:34, (ROMEA) High-level politicians in Slovakia are grappling with the unpleasant problem of how to manage their relationships with Marian Kotleba, who was elected provincial governor of the Banská Bystrica Region last November. While they previously labeled the leader of Slovakia's radical right an extremist and a rioter, they are now trying to figure out how to handle unavoidable future moments of contact with him.  full story

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France: Scandal of comedian convicted of anti-Semitism continues

Paris, France, 8.1.2014 1:42, (ROMEA) The ongoing scandal in France around the infamous comedian Dieudonné, who has been banned from performing because of his racism, flared up with a new dose of fuel at the end of 2013 and is still alive and well. BBC News reports that French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has emphasized that anti-Semitic statements should not go unpunished and has said the justice system will insist the comedian pay the high fines levied against him.  full story

Flags in front of the European Commission building in Brussels (PHOTO: Sébastien Bertrand, Wikimedia Commons)

Citizens of Bulgaria and Romania can now work EU-wide, London fears influx of Roma

Athens/Brussels, 2.1.2014 16:33, (ROMEA) After a seven-year transitional period, all of the Member States of the European Union are now open to workers from Bulgaria and Romania as of 1 January 2014, prompting concerns in some countries. The change is happening as Greece assumes the EU presidency for the first half of the year.  full story

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Ivanka Mariposa Čonková: The international protest against neo-Fascism

Prague, 28.12.2013 19:42, (ROMEA) The Slovak region of Bánská Bystrica has undergone a shock. Neo-Fascist Marián Kotleba was elected Regional Governor in last month's direct elections there.  full story

Police use force to evict Irish Travellers from illegal portion of Dale Farm

Basildon, England, UK, 20.10.2011 8:13, (ROMEA) Yesterday police used force to evict a settlement of Travellers at Dale Farm near London after a court definitively refused the residents' appeal not to destroy the largest illegal campsite in the country. Helmeted police used shields, tasers and truncheons against the residents of Dale Farm, who defended themselves by throwing stones.  full story

Football gives Travellers a sporting chance

London, 20.7.2011 13:27, (Guardian) Premier League football club aims to encourage other teams to promote the game to Roma and Travelling communities.Jason McCarthy has just scored a hat-trick against Bitty United. "They took it very well considering we won 8-3," he acknowledges. The "we" is a team called Goals Before Heroics, or GBH for short. "There are black lads, Asian lads, some white British lads and five are Travellers such as myself," McCarthy explains.  full story

Localism Bill in the U.K will spell bad news for travellers

Great Britain, 25.2.2011 16:22, (ROMEA) New, potential legislation in the U.K would see targets for traveller sites abolished.

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Cameron warns EU to show respect as he lends support to Sarkozy as row over Roma expulsions rages on in Brussels

Brussels, 17.9.2010 9:53, (Daily Mail) David Cameron rounded on the European Commission last night over its extraordinary criticism of France’s expulsion of thousands of Roma gypsies – as President Sarkozy said the controversial policy would continue.  full story

Gypsies afraid over violent 'gang attacks'

UK, 3.9.2010 11:09, (BBC) Reports of violent gang attacks are spreading fear in some of Britain's traveller communities. They include claims of groups of around 20 Polish and Irish men, all armed, attacking travellers, as well as stories of children being abducted and held hostage in return for money and jewellery.  full story

3,000 gypsies coming to Birmingham for Pope's visit

Birmingham, 28.8.2010 14:07, (Birmingham Mail) COUNCIL chiefs say they expect 3,000 travellers to come to Birmingham during the next few weeks for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit.gypsies  full story

City council sets aside sites for gypsies arriving to see Pope in Birmingham

Birmingham, 27.8.2010 14:04, (Birmingham Post) The city council is earmarking sites across Birmingham to accommodate future convoys of gypsies which may travel to the city hoping to see the Pope.  full story

Fears over traveller and gypsy sites in Somerset

Somerset , 26.8.2010 13:46, (BBC) Travellers and gypsies in Somerset say they may be forced to live on unauthorised sites because there is a shortage of pitches for them.Boy in a gypsy wagon.  full story

Uncertain times for travellers and gypsies

Essex, 25.8.2010 16:00, (BBC) A traveller all her life, 69-year-old Mary Ann McCarthy is proud to show visitors around the place she calls home.  full story

Villager arrested after 'firing shot' over gypsy children intruding in garden

UK, 24.8.2010 11:25, (Telegraph) A hunter has been arrested after a firing a warning shot over the heads of gypsy children intruding on his land next to the site of a religious festival.  full story

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