container homes plan protested by Hungarian Romanies ("Gypsies")

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 7 Feb 1998 00:31:00 -0800 (PST)


BBC Monitoring <http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk>
FWD http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/monitoring/newsid%5F34000/34049.stm
    23 Nov, 1997 [World: Monitoring]

HUNGARIAN ROMANIES PROTEST AT CONTAINER HOMES PLAN

Romanies in the central Hungarian town of Szekesfehervar held a protest on
Sunday against local authority plans to evict them from their current
residences
and move them into container homes, Hungarian radio reported.

"Should Szekesfehervar create a precedent, construction of masses of container
ghettos can be expected in Hungary," the radio quoted a statement by a local
"anti-ghetto committee" as saying.

"We cannot let anyone be evicted from his home, from the society of his town
and country, eight years after the democratic change of system.

We must demand equal rights for our brothers in the most difficult situation,
deprived of their jobs and human dignity," the radio quoted the statement as
saying.

It also quoted a local press report saying that the town's "organisation of
free
gypsies" had rejected the protest and called on Romanies not to attend it,
so as not to risk creating "adverse feeling in the town towards the
minority."

[BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in
southern England, selects and translates information from radio,
television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in
more than 70 languages.]

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