Gárda has left Gyöngyöspata, likely heading to other towns soonPosted: March 17, 2011
It seems that the Gárda has left Gyöngyöspata; this is the latest update from our contact person there. We are on constant alert however, and the locals will call us if and as soon as they return. If this happens we will go to Gyöngyöspata on Friday evening as planned. PLEASE BE ALERT!
As you know, the most recent news is that 3 towns are potential targets for the Gárda and these will probably be their next destinations: Hajdúhadház, Tiszavasvári, and Borsodnádasd.
The leading politician and MP of Jobbik, Gabor Vona, is said to be joining the civil guards(!) – potentially in Hajdúhadház. We are not sure where they are going first or when – they might go to more places at the same time. We must be on alert.
At the same time, the Roma community in Gyöngyöspata is traumatized and the last two weeks have left the whole town in an incredibly tense state – they need ongoing attention and assistance. They have asked us for psychologists for the children, and for FOOD! We could use your help in this – many of them had to spend money to leave the town due to the Garda intimidation, and spent their savings in the process. They have also hosted every group that has been going there in the past two weeks. Right now, we really need FOOD, and/or money, whichever. I spoke to the locals, and in particular they could really use FLOUR, POTATOS, CANNED FOOD and so on – there are 115 families living there.
We need help with:
– psychological assistance (psychologists, etc)
– legal aid: TASZ and NEKI are working on this one
– FOOD: see above
– SUNDAY trip: we could combine all these and go to Gyöngyöspata on Sunday if there are enough cars and people – although the mayor said it’s too early to have a solidarity action.
I will keep you informed as soon as we know more and please keep us updated if you have any news, suggestions, or ideas.
Thank you all for you help!