Stand up for the Roma
About a houndred people – civilians and activists of human rights organisations – gathered in front of the Embassy of France in Budapest on Saturday September 4th 2010. The protest-actions organized at the same time In London and Belgrade, in Brussels and Paris had the common banner: „Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!” In a lot of european cities tens of thousands marched in the streets, along with the Hungarian activists, to protest agains French president, Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans that he had announced.
In the protest-action organized by the Hungarian activists of Amnesty International, Gina Böni journalist, and the Phralipe Independent Roma Organization the speakers demanded from the French and the Hungarian governments the stopping of hatred and racism against the Roma, and the respect of human rights.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy said in July that he wanted 300 „illegal Roma camp” to be liquidated and deport several hundreds of Roma back to their native country, Roumania and Bulgaria. By the end of August already 80 camps had been eliminated and 850 people expelled from France.
Referring to the demonstrations against these measures all over Europe Gina Böni said that never have so many people united for the cause of the Roma, and that – together with the Roma organizations in Vienna and Belgrade – they will call this day of the 4th of September the Day of Roma and Non-Roma Solidarity, and the Day of European Solidarity.