The persecution of Roma - Infonight - 28/09/10

In the last few weeks we have seen a terrifying attack on the Roma in France. Led by President Sarkozy himself, the French state has declared war on the Roma population, both recent arrivals from Eastern Europe and Roma who have lived in France for generations. There have been highly publicised eviction raids on Roma and Gypsy settlements with mass deportations to Eastern European countries. The language used by the French state is the same as that of Vichy when they rounded up Jews for the concentration camps. This has polarised French opinion and thousands came out to demonstrate in solidarity with the Roma across France. What is happening in France is the latest in a recent round of attacks by governments, mobs, fascists or all three in many countries across Europe. Roma people have been killed in Eastern Europe, driven out of their homes in Italy and Ireland in recent months. Here in Britain we are seeing the same things developing. Roma from Eastern Europe are targets for the gutter press, local politicians often from the mainstream parties and fascists. And the authorities are stepping up their attacks on gypsies and travellers. The state is preparing to evict the largest site in the country - Dale Farm - and they have just been brutally evicted from nearby Hovefield. Please come along to this infonight presented by London NoBorders and No One Is Illegal ( We have invited Roma organisations, we have speakers involved in local struggles and we are hoping for a speaker from France as well. Starts 7pm at LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1 1ES. All welcome.