miercuri, 27 aprilie 2011

Four injured in clash between Hungarian nationalists and Roma (Gypsy) in North Hungary village

Four people, including a 14-year old boy, were injured and hospitalized, after members of right-wing radical group(s) clashed Tuesday night with the local Roma (Gypsy) residents in the northeast Hungarian village of Gyöngyöspata.

Roma leader Aladar Horvath told MTI from the site that the fight had broken out when uniformed members of the paramilitary Vedero (Defence Force) group threw stones at a house in the village's Roma (Gypsy) neighbourhood.

News portal Index quoted Janos Rado, an official of the Roma Civil Rights Foundation, as saying that Vedero activists and locals supporting them had been provoking Roma people during the day.

After the fight, several people were detained amid a heavy police presence.

Laszlo Horvath, the government's commissioner for Heves County, visiting Gyongyospata, told MTI that the situation had become "uncontrollable" and called for an end to "political disaster tourism".

On Friday, nearly 300 Roma (Gypsy) women and children were transported out of Gyongyospata on buses provided by the Red Cross after Vedero announced it would set up a "defence training camp" in their neighbourhood.

The Roma group returned two days later when police detained leaders of the radical group and participants left the campsite.

Radical groups have staged demonstrations and organised patrols in several villages in Hungary's poor and unemployment-hit northern and north-eastern regions over the past few weeks, saying that it was their duty to "restore public order" in areas with a high crime rate.

Senior lawmaker of radical nationalist party Jobbik, Janos Volner, told a news conference that the events of Tuesday evening "prove that a crisis in public safety had emerged in Hungary."

"The Fidesz government is incapable of guaranteeing law and order anywhere in the country," Volner, the Jobbik parliamentary group's deputy leader, said. He added that "a civil militia should be established in place of the woeful and uncertain police, which are subsumed to political interests, because without unified order the government will not be capable of taking up the fight against this kind of Gypsy crime," he said.

The situation remained tense in Gyongyospata following the violent incident, with members of the Roma community and Vedero activists being kept apart by police and their vehicles.

Many people are warried that the government alows extremist groups of people to promote extremist messages against neighbouring nations: Serbians, Romanians, Ukrainians and Slovaks as well as concreate actions vis a vis internal Roma (Gypsy) minority.

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