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Hungarian Fascists in Gyöngyöspata put Roma to Forced Labour.

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Hungarian Fascists Parading.

Pendant trois mois, en pleine présidence hongroise de l’UE, le village de Gyöngyöspata a été occupé par les milices fascistes. En juillet, elles ont gagné les élections municipales. Première mesure : le travail forcé pour les Roms.

During 3 Months, as Hungary has Presidency of the EU, the village of Gyöngyöspata has been occupied by fascist militias. In July, they won the local elections. Their first move? Forced labour for Roms.

Full story in latest l’Humanité Here.

Written by Andrew Coates

October 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Posted in Fascism, Racism

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  1. Thanks – I can’t track down anything else about this – did you find any other similar reports about the forced labour issue?

    Sarah AB

    October 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    • Well, it’s workfare in fact, that is, for the unemployed.

      In this case the degree to which it’s aimed at one racial group shows the scapegoating and the far-right ideology let lose by the idea.

      Which I think is something of a topic in its own right.

      Anyway, the Jobbik victory is described here in English: http://esbalogh.typepad.com/hungarianspectrum/2011/07/the-jobbik-candidate-won-the-mayoral-elections-in-gy%C3%B6ngy%C3%B6spata.html

      The rest follows.

      I see that you’ve blogged on this before but the link’s still useful for the background, here: http://gyongyospatasolidarity.wordpress.com/

      “The 2/3 majority Hungarian Parliament, with a resolution published on June 7, set up an ad hoc parliamentary committee to investigate the events in Gyöngyöspata. Despite the fact that based on the title and preamble of the resolution, the task of the committee is to investigate the background of criminal activity by uniformed personnel and to assist in eliminating it, out of the nine tasks listed by the resolution five (!) are concerned with the evacuation of the Roma by the Red Cross and the role of Richard Field. The resolution – recalling the documents of the staged trials of the 1950s – is prejudiced when, among others, it states: “establishing who and why claimed untruthfully with regard to the long-existing activities of the Red Cross that the evacuation of the Romas from the scene was taking place, what was the reason and objective for this causing of panic”.

      In Gyöngyöspata, Hungary, ever since March 2010 extremist anti-Roma groups – pretending to be militiamen and vindicating the right to maintain public order – have started a systematic campaign of intimidation against the Roma. For weeks they illegally patrolled the village and provoked the Roma adults and children. The government and the police have contributed to the escalation of the situation by their inaction.

      To read the full press release go to this link: http://tasz.hu/en/news/show-parliamentary-committee-investigates-events-gyongyospata

      Andrew Coates

      October 6, 2011 at 10:33 am

  2. Thanks Andrew – yes, I’ve seen that last linked to story before – rather chilling rhetoric from the committee.

    Sarah AB

    October 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm


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