In February and March 2004, the Roma unemployed in Slovakia responded to cuts in welfare provisions with demonstrations and looting. The state's response involved the greatest mobilization of police forces since the fall of Stalinism. Although the unrest was crushed, it managed to secure better conditions for all unemployed in Slovakia.
Recently, one morning a national television station invited a “model Roma” to repeat the cliché excuses that are given as liberal propaganda... The “educated Roma” however, although not involved with radical thought, often puts his finger in the wound and looks to official state statistics which he deviates from and engages the host and other guests in debate. He will probably not be invited again.
Basildon MP John Baron has announced that eviction of part of Britain's biggest traveller site will go ahead after "worst case" funding of £9.5 million was found to evict around 500 people, including around 100 children, from their homes.
This is my translation of a text that appeared on the internet on September 2nd, before the demonstrations on September 4th (which were not much to write home about). It's more like a discussion document than strictly news, and has probably looked at much of the same sources as my articles here. Everything in square brackets is an explanatory note, not in the original French. Apologies if this is, at times, "translatese" - i.e. clumsily and over-literally translated: it was done pretty quickly.