Saturday, 16 June 2012

Roma relocation scores Romania mayor a major vote win

BUCHAREST, June 14 (Reuters) - A Romanian mayor, criticised by rights groups for relocating Roma gypsy families and building a concrete wall to separate off a Roma neighbourhood, scored the biggest share of the vote in local elections, official data showed on Thursday.
Catalin Chereches, the incumbent 33-year-old mayor of Baia Mare, won 86 percent in Sunday's election, which was held just days after local authorities relocated dozens of Roma families to the administrative buildings of a dismantled copper plant.
Rights groups have criticised Chereches's policies and accused him of trying to set up a ghetto.
They say the construction of the 1.8 metre (six feet) high wall last year between a Roma neighbourhood and a main road amounted to institutional racism and the new housing for relocated families was of poor quality and lacked sufficient kitchens and bathrooms.
Chereches, a member of the ruling left-leaning Social Liberal Union alliance (USL) which won most of the votes in local elections, said the relocation was not discriminatory and was only a temporary solution.
"This is just the first step in a project that aims to become the way, at an European level, of integrating the Roma people," Chereches told Reuters by telephone from Baia Mare in the far north of the country.
"It's just for one to three years until we identify land plots for those people to build houses."
About 620,000 Romanians describe themselves as Roma. Rights groups say many do not declare their background, some of them fearing discrimination, and the true number could be as high as 2.5 million. That would be the largest Roma community in Europe.
The vast majority live on the margins of society in abject poverty and pro-democracy groups say the state does not do enough to prevent discrimination.
Since Romania joined the European Union in 2007, hundreds of thousands of Roma have flooded European cities, complaining of racism and poverty at home.
The EU in May called on member states to do more to integrate their Roma populations and bring them closer to the economic and social mainstream.
Local Romanian media said authorities in Baia Mare began moving dozens of families in May from poor neighbourhoods where they had lived in 20-year-old improvised buildings with no water, sewage or power supplies.
"There must be a process in place that gives all residents the chance to participate in any decisions that will affect their lives, and allows for them to genuinely participate without fear, harassment or intimidation," rights groups Amnesty International and Romani CRISS said in a statement.
Roma have a long history of being persecuted and during World War Two they were targeted by the Nazis. Although estimates vary, it is thought several hundred thousand died in concentration camps alongside millions of Jews.
France's repatriation of Roma in 2010 prompted one European Union official to recall the Nazis' persecution, overshadowed an EU summit and sparked a row between former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Earlier this month, French authorities dismantled a Roma camp on the banks of the river Garonne in Toulouse. (Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by Sophie Hares)


Please stop writting about things you don't know, i live in Romania in Baia Mare the city where the gypsies have been relocated, and trust me they have much better conditions now, at least they have a roof above their heads, they have heat and water to wash themselves. They were relocated in the administrative building, of Cuprom plant,a builduing where managers, engineers and other people worked, not inside the plant (wich doesn't work anymore), before beeing relocated they lived inside wood baracs covered with paper, eating from garbage, sleeping on the floor in their filth and faeces. The wall that you also mentioned about it's not near that building, and it's 1,6 meters not 1,8 meters and it was put there because the little gypsies used to play in the middle of the street, me and my family almost had a car crash because of that, and we dared to honk, that's when their families came an almost beat us up. There is no discrimination here, the gypsies have only rights in Romania and the romanians have only obligations, stop crying for their mercy because they live on our backs and in some neighbourhoods from Baia Mare gypsies make the law, the only discriminated persons in Romania are the romanians not the gypsies. If you don't believe it, please come in Romania, and convince yourselves. Our mair is now blaimed for what he did but he is the only man in this country who made something for them, because their leaders only care about how to make some scandal, they don't care a bit of gypsies. People from Baia Mare support Catalin Chereches(the mair) in his actions, because he is a fair man who cares about the people in his city and not about scandal. So please check out this information and stop writting about things you don't have knowlegde about,the gypsies were not harmed at all, the mair helped them, by giving them a home. Greetings from Romania!

No one crying for your gipsys madame.From my side i will be happy when they will gone from Europe.

Look more better at the first of the article,is the source(REUTERS),so don't blame us for the article,blame the jewish scum from Reuters.

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