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"They Have a Different Mentality"

From the Christian Science Monitor, a shocking story on forced segregation of the Roma (gypsy) minority in Slovakia:

There are about 400,000 Slovak Roma, most living in squalid rural settlements and urban ghettos. More are being moved into segregated areas each month. Despite pressure from the European Union to reintegrate national minorities, several towns in eastern Slovakia have recently passed ordinances banning Roma from entering the city limits, let alone living inside them...

Earlier this year, the last white Slovak family in Lunik IX ["a Romany slum on the edge of Slovakia's second-largest city, Kosice"] was relocated by the city, making it the largest purely Romany ghetto in Slovakia and concluding a process started by Rudolf Schuster, then the mayor of Kosice and now president.

In 1997, the Kosice city council, headed by Schuster, announced a $50 million "city beautification project" to clean up the baroque city for tourism. Part of the plan was to evict some 25,000 Roma from the center and move them to segregated areas. An internal document, signed by former district mayor Andrej Weber and viewed by this reporter, designates Lunik IX as "small, substandard housing for Roma."

"Moving Roma to Lunik IX is a normal development," says Zdenko Trebula, the current mayor of Kosice. "If you know for a fact that a certain group of people is criminal and intolerable, of course you will not want them for neighbors. Besides, Roma don't pay the rent."

Ninety-five percent of the Romany population in eastern Slovakia is unemployed, and virtually all Romany children in Slovakia attend segregated schools with a remedial curriculum designed for the mentally retarded. Because of the extreme poverty, rent default has become a major problem... [Lunik IX resident] Imrich David says even those few who can pay are being evicted. He owned his home in Stos and held a job as a skilled welder, and the town council still officially denied his right to live there..

Last summer, Mr. David tried to take his children to a cinema in the city and was told that Roma are no longer allowed to see movies. "We want to leave this country," David adds. "I just want to take my family somewhere where we will not be hated." ...

But residents of Kosice argue that they are justified in excluding Roma. "It is necessary to keep the Roma out of the center," says Peter Schultz, a leading political analyst in Kosice. "I am glad they are gone. You can't have a beautiful city with Roma, because they destroy beauty. They have a different mentality. It is impossible to integrate them into Slovak society.... The only option is to forcibly move them out of town."

This is nearly unbelievable, especially from a country that has been invited to join an enlarged European Union.

Comments

What is unbelievable are those lies you written here! Have you ever really seen any Roma, lived with them??? You "humanist", how easy it is to accuse a majority of being racist and prejudiced. Go to Lunik IX or some other Roma village in eastern Slovakia and LIVE there for couple of months, THEN write something wise, OK? Besides, writing that Roma are banned from living or visiting cities is an absolute LIE!! Roma are being evicted from their homes because they don't pay rent - instead, they are being given cheaper apartments. What you get when you stop paying rent in US or other western democracy? You end up on the street, nobody gives you NOTHING, nobody cares about you(and that's the way it should be in Slovakia too). Roma are being treated very kindly realizing what they do. Most of them live off the government, since they don't work and receive wellfare for their children. You forgot this little detail. Every working Slovak is looking at a Roma as a person living off his work - his taxes. They don't create any values, they are unable to take care of themselves, so they parasite on our society. They are solely responsible for the bad image they have in eyes of other people. If somebody beats you up and robs you, besides livin off your taxes, you are not going to like him. I wish you would experience the outcomes of Roma "lifestyle", then you wouldn't write such bull**** and see things the real way. If the EU thinks we are bad to roma, let Germans, British, French and others have them live in their cities and comunities, but that would probably create a wave of racism among their citizens (wonder why).

You claimed that I've written lies. I've only passed along the words of a reporter from the Christian Science Monitor. You wrote:

Besides, writing that Roma are banned from living or visiting cities is an absolute LIE!!
So you're saying that when the reporter wrote...
Despite pressure from the European Union to reintegrate national minorities, several towns in eastern Slovakia have recently passed ordinances banning Roma from entering the city limits, let alone living inside them...
...that this was simply an invented lie? And when the reporter quoted someone as saying...
"It is necessary to keep the Roma out of the center," says Peter Schultz, a leading political analyst in Kosice. "I am glad they are gone. You can't have a beautiful city with Roma, because they destroy beauty. They have a different mentality. It is impossible to integrate them into Slovak society.... The only option is to forcibly move them out of town."
...that this, too, was a fabrication? Your own words give you away. You wrote...
You "humanist", how easy it is to accuse a majority of being racist and prejudiced.
...and then later wrote...
They don't create any values, they are unable to take care of themselves, so they parasite on our society. They are solely responsible for the bad image they have in eyes of other people. If somebody beats you up and robs you, besides livin off your taxes, you are not going to like him.
If you think you're not racist, you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

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