Thursday, April 30, 2009

"...they are animals"

Here is something to trouble any decent person: the dire situation of Roma in East Europe, especially in Hungary:

From Sign and Sight:

Neue Zürcher Zeitung 28.04.2009

Markus Bauer looks at anti-Roma sentiment in Eastern Europe, and in particular in Hungary where the situation is critical: "The ombudsman for minority rights, Ernö Kallai, is talking about a 'cold war'. The already struggling government wants to speed up a new law against incitement of racial hatred, which the opposition is only grudgingly backing. Hungarians cling over zealously to their beloved freedom of speech and the simplistic anti-Roma discourse has spread like wildfire. The once liberal newspaper Magyar Hirlap has transformed into a far-right pamphlet under the new ownership, a home to columnists who write things like: "They (the Roma) are not human beings, they are animals.'"

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