Friday, August 27, 2010

France's crackdown on Romas continue, hundreds deported

Visit Today France increased its crackdown on the minority in defiance of domestic and international criticism over hundreds sent Roma. Two specially chartered planes carrying Roma men, women and children in east central France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Lyon left and touched down

Bucharest in mid-afternoon. , A young Roma man, who declined to be identified said police told us that among our own accord we go now, or later expelled by force, but can choose. "So we go agreed to. "

, Another man in Bucharest, Ion Stancu, 52 in the "For three months I could get a job, so I decided to return to Romania" is coming, told AFP. "But, my God, what I will do so for a living, feed with eight grandchildren?" He said, tears in her eyes. A nation wide crackdown that began this month after the Gypsies attacked a police station, the northern French city of Lille in the police in the morning to move an overhead railway line Roma under a tent set up camp among decompose.

French government said the 283 was being sent back to Rome on Friday, bringing the total number of Romanian and Bulgarian Roma so far this year 8313 to deport, expelled in 7875 against the previous year.

President Nicolas Sarkozy, citing concerns about crime, and other nomadic Roma crackdown this month that foreign Roma Gypsies and Travellers have seen rounding the police and tore down illegal camps known as groups. Forty eight per cent of the French government's campaign, an opinion poll on Friday showed support. But critics at their lowest right-wing president, whose popularity since he accused in 2007 of trying to achieve with the political initiatives came to power, a populist law and order message and racial tinged. Crackdown at home and abroad has sparked fierce criticism, French former PM Dominique de Villepin Sarkozy saying the policy was a "shameful stain on the flag of the French" left and a "national humiliation was with."

This month a United Nations panel warned of growing racism and xenophobia in France, referring to the Roma evictions, and the European Union is reviewing what action is legal. The Vatican has criticized. Human rights body Amnesty International on Friday joined international condemnation, saying Sarkozy risked fueling stigmatization of minority groups.

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