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09/16/2010

Bad News continues... Hungary

This report just landed in my inbox -- More than a year after the racist killing spree that was part of a wave of violence against Roma in Hungary, we are still receiving news of attacks and the alleged involvement of the military secret service and police forces. According to 2009 police reports, 16 houses have been attacked with 11 Molotov cocktails and 63 shots from several fire arms. There are 55 Roma victims of the crime, six people died, more were injured. Four suspects have been arrested, one of them a former member of the Hungarian Military Secret Service. Victims identified 6 attackers, but police only arrested four suspects.

According to civil activists, 11 people have died since late 2007 in more then 70 communities. Until recently, police only investigated perpetrators in Romani communities and denied any racial motivation. Victims are socially disadvantaged; most of them lost their houses in the attacks. They cannot afford to hire lawyers. Only one organization - Movement for Desegregation, a Hungarian NGO – has offered them legal help. They have 3 lawyers working on this case now.

Read more: Roma Buzz


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