A “Demonstration against Gypsy Terror” will be held on Saturday evening at 6, in Hejőszalonta, with the participation of far right Jobbik MPs. The town is about 160kms east of Budapest.
The local Roma are asking us to join them and form a HUMAN CHAIN around the Roma neighborhood of the town to protect those living there.
A woman was recently murdered in Hejőszalonta and far right Jobbik MPs published a statement that she was a victim of gypsy crime. They have called on people to join them if they want to put an end to gypsy terror. The speakers will include 3 Jobbik MPs and other Jobbik politicians.
Join us in forming a human shield! We are meeting at Blaha Lujza Tér at 3pm. The police will be informed that we are going.
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Roma residents of a Hungarian village describe the far-right vigilante group that has been patrolling their streets.
Phil Cain Last Modified: 28 Mar 2011 11:44
Some non-Roma residents of the village say they support the vigilante group that has been patrolling their streets[Credit: Phil Cain]
The Hungarian far right looks set to roll out a campaign of Roma intimidation after meeting little resistance to its vigilante “law and order” mission in Gyongyospata, a Hungarian village of 2,800 people 80km north-east of Budapest.
For A Better Future, a paramilitary organisation deriving its name from a Nazi youth movement slogan, entered the village at the start of the month. It conducted foot and car patrols, followed Roma around and stopped them from entering shops.
On March 10, the intimidation reached its peak when 1,000 black-uniformed neo-Nazis marched through the village, some reportedly armed with dogs, whips and chains.
Many Roma were afraid to leave their homes or take their children to school. The local mayor, Laszlo Tabi, who is not officially allied to a political party, allegedly offered his seal of approval, while the police sat on their hands.
“I cried when I saw them marching,” says Janos Farkas, the spokesman for the village’s 450-strong Roma community which centres around a dirt road in a shallow valley at the edge of the village. Many of the dilapidated homes do not have mains water and few of their occupants jobs.
“I can’t see how this could happen in a democratic country? The police are now present, but why did they let it go on for three weeks?” asks Farkas.
Nothing has been done to stop the vigilantes from restarting their activities here or to prevent them springing up elsewhere.
A national ‘example’
“This looks like a local conflict, but it is a national one,” says Kristof Szombati of Politics Can Be Different, a liberal green party. On this, if nothing else, the far right agrees with him.
Gyongyospata provides an “example for future situations” says Gabor Vona, the leader of the extreme-right Jobbik party, which is behind the uniformed intervention, at a press conference in the village council chamber. His party hopes to use the vigilante campaign to mark the first anniversary of its entry into parliament, with 17 per cent of the vote, next month.
Among those areas targeted for vigilante takeover is Hajduhadhaz, a town of 13,000 in the east.
“The police do not have enough power to handle the situation,” says Gabor Kovacs, a Gyongyospata-born vigilante volunteer in full black uniform, fumbling with his black baseball cap.
“The Roma have stolen vegetables and grapevines,” he says, although he explains that the identity of culprits is rarely known because thefts often happen at night when victims are asleep.
“We have a good working relationship with the police. I also have criticisms, but I do not want to talk about them publicly,” says Vona. The county police are reported to be aware of the formation of a permanent local branch of the vigilante movement.
“I feel better with For A Better Future patrolling here than with the police,” says a non-Roma villager, unwilling to give her name, for fear that her Roma neighbours will find out. She says Roma have scaled her fence and stolen two hens, one this year, one last.
“I can’t let my hands rest in my lap for a second while Roma might come along and burn my house down.” The best solution, she says, would be to “take them away”.
Her middle-aged neighbour, Sandor Torok, prefers far less drastic action. He had a chainsaw stolen from his yard in late January but got it back after three hours after offering a Roma boy a 5,000 forint ($26) reward for its return.
Allegations of more serious Roma-misdeeds are doing the rounds among non-Roma villagers too, none of which can be confirmed. One elderly non-Roma man is even said to have killed himself because he thought Roma neighbours might move in. According to a clerk in the council offices, some Roma beat a young female school teacher, although a fellow teacher said she had not heard of the incident.
“Roma have lived here for 500 years and have always stuck to the law. Only one or two youngsters have done anything wrong,” says Farkas.
There is no evidence that even petty crime has risen in Gyongyospata, but the financial crisis has driven up the significance of people’s everyday possessions and the far right is only too happy for the chance to profit from the heightened sensitivity.
For the original article go to: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/03/2011328102243552176.html
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Original article can be found here: [http://fenteslent.blog.hu/2011/03/18/gyongyospata_1]
The Hungarian Guard which recently marched in Gyöngyöspata, plans to seize the settlement of Hajdúhadháza with nonstop patroling. The Hungarian police, which are officially responsible for maintaining law and order, do not want to intervene. Meanwhile, civilians opposed to the Jobbik program are organizing a commute to Gyöngyöspata to prevent further atrocities.
While in his role as EU-President Viktor Orban emphasises the creation of one million work places and equal opportunities (among other things) in the name of the joint Roma strategy–the actual key project of the EU, and Orban’s “protect the Hungarians from Brussels” self says that punishing shirkers will in fact elevate Hungary. Jobbik successfully feeds on the poison produced by the country’s real misery.
The recipe isn’t complicated: just go to a place where the resources are minimal, and by means of national politics encroach on the conflict between those who still have something left and those who don’t. Let us name the conflict an “identity-conflict”, and we can be sure that the topic will expand to include basic national political topics and ignite the well prepared tones of Hungarian-Jew-Gypsy and “respect diversity” themes. It will be the natural course of events that every gesture to reconcile the case which was triggered by the Guard will appear suspicious and hypocritical since problems, misery and conflict really exist. If the Guard plays its cards well, meaning that it will “step up” in the name of Hungarians, then does stepping up against the Guard consequently mean stepping up against the Hungarians? What a familiar and extremely malicious dead end. Many of those who were trained in the sick camps of Hungarian politics, fall for it, giving a great reference base for Jobbik.
We have to get over this dead end. We have to deal with the basic elements of this case.
The Guard acts as an enforcement organization; however, legally only the state police are entitled to that. The police are in the hands of FIDESZ. The correlation between the actions of the government and those of Jobbik is not stated in some abstract analysis, this correlation and the responsibility are amazingly concrete. If they don’t do anything, they won’t be able to avoid allowing Jobbik to capture the vulnerable groups in the society with its enforcement organization and fuel their conflicts for the benefit of its political aims. How long do they wait? Till the first drop of blood?
Even if one part of the population is pushed to the edge so far that they might fall off, they won’t disappear. The problem will land somewhere. Those people will still live somewhere and fight to survive. There will be places where their presence cannot be covered by the promise of one million workplaces and the positive idea of communal work (if the kids will see that daddy goes to work, they will also have work when they grow up – said an expert fromFIDESZ )
This presence will not smite those playing the smart guys at the party headquarters, but those, who are just a little bit further from the shithole. The conflict of the fight for survival won’t affect the party-Audi owners either, but those the excluded ones still can reach. For those, living in this every day conflict, the phrase “respect diversity” does not mean too much, but you can hack their fury with the Nazi promise of organized defense. However, it won’t be the politicians who will be slain in this conflict, neither will they be the ones who are arrested after they blew their fuse for good.
An economic policy which holds marginalization to be normal, the fact that certain part of the population has to survive outside law and order, because inside they have nothing, extends blessing to this kind of conflict. This will be enhanced by politics which set people quarrelling based on their identity. Right now, the government of Hungary is quietly observing the developments.
The article was translated by Eszter Kurtán.
This article was translated from the original in Hungarian, found at Barikad.hu — which is a far-right online media outlet.
The Minority Rights Group (MRG) has expressed its concern about the intimidation and racist threats targeting Roma residents of Gyöngyöspata, by the Szebb Jövőért Polgárőr Egyesület (Civil Guard Association for a Better Future) and the Betyársereg (Vigilante Group) recently.
So typically, yet another well-known international organization takes on the protection of the poor, oppressed Roma after the total failure of communication in the left wing.
Their report below is certainly the result of a truly objective and thorough inquiry.
According to the information of MRG the Szebb Jövőért were patrolling Gyöngyöspata by deploying its members in the village for more than two weeks. The members – wearing uniforms – were standing outside shops, telling Roma residents to stay inside their gardens, using offensive words, they were going inside the school as well as doctor’s waiting room, where Roma kids and patients were verbally harassed. Apart from the associates of Szebb Jövőért there were the Betyársereg also helping with intimidation, showing up with dogs, carrying axes and whips. (I wonder what sources are cited in the report and why there are no pictures of the alleged cases provided? – the editor)
The government has to fulfill its obligations under international human rights law and has to protect its Roma citizens from the ever increasing racially motivated hostility. Authorities have to launch criminal procedures and bring those to court who were involved in the intimidation.
„The government, which has a crucial role in the adoption of the European Roma Strategy on European Union level has to strongly and publicly reject the harassment of the Roma minority in Gyöngyöspata” said Neil Clarke, Head of Europe and Central Asia Programmes, Minority Rights Group. Furthermore, the government has to put an end to the spread of self-appointed security groups.
The Szebb Jövőért arrived to Gyöngyöspata on 1 March to ensure public order. Five days later Jobbik, which has links with Civil Guard Association and the banned Magyar Gárda (Hungarian Guard) held a protest that added to the tension against the 4-500 Roma living there. Based on the accounts, on the same evening more than 1000 members marched through the segregated Roma neighborhood of the village carrying torches and flags.
During the march the local representative of Jobbik Party made the intimidated Roma representatives sign the Rules of Living Together, which is a code of behavior regulating the Roma’s acts in schools, shops and on the streets. Many Roma residents said they have to live in constant fear caused by the harassment so they rather stay in their homes, because they are scared to go outside on the street. Parents do not let children go to school alone and as the result of intimidation and harassment many of the kids are traumatized. On 11 March in a public letter the Head of the Local Minority Government urged the Hungarian government to intervene. It is particularly outrageous that police has ignored the reports that came from the Roma residents and that policemen do not provide appropriate protection despite the constant threats. Based on the accounts the police did not patrol the Roma neighborhood, when the Roma residents were being subjected to harassment.
Publisher: Minority Rights Group Europe Non-Profit Ltd.
It is strange that the advocacy organization never notices the attacks and mass insults carried out by the Roma targeting the majority. As usual, this article is full of distortions and lies. The question arises whether any members of MRG have actually visited Gyöngyöspata and when will the enthusiastic liberal rights defenders finally ask the opinion of the honest locals living there? As far as we concerned, it is especially outrageous that it did not bother this frightened-for-a-living bunch, when the son of the local Jobbik leader was severely abused by Roma kids in the school.
Cs. G – barikad.hu
According to news from HATC, Hungary’s Interior Minister Sandor Pinter has been instructed to halt the activities of the Civil Guard and other paramilitary organizations.
Apparently Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Roma affairs state secretary Zoltán Balog, and Roma Authority president Flórián Farkas agreed that “job creation and education can primarily lead the way to improving the state of Roma.”
Let’s keep watch and see if their actions will support their words in any way.
In response, the Civil Guard leader Attila László told Magyar Nemzet at the weekend that there is a political will which finds it displeasing that Hungarians unite and defend themselves against criminals.
Read more: Pinter ordered to stop paramilitaries