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Luník IX housing estate in Slovakia was never an "experiment in socialism", but a ghetto based on race from the start

"In the historical awareness of those who live in Košiče, the urban legend is strongly entrenched that Luník IX was built as a model housing estate in a pleasant environment near a forest. The legend also claims that an 'experiment in socialism' was undertaken at that housing estate according to which non-Romani and Romani families were meant to live together there. The non-Romani families were meant to be employees of the armed forces, i.e., the army and the police. However, the experiment went awry and the outcome was that the Romani residents destroyed the housing estate," author Ondrej Ficeri describes the "classic story" about the creation of the housing estate in the introduction to his book entitled Luník IX: Zrod romského ghetta [Luník IX: Birth of a Romani Ghetto]. This interpretation of the rise of the most notorious housing estate in Slovakia can commonly be found in various online and print sources where it is usually presented as fact. In his book, Ficeri carefully confronts that narrative with the available facts from archival materials.

On the basis of that evidence, Ficeri tells the story of Luník IX once more, explaining the context and the circumstances of its creation, why it featured the attributes of a ghetto for Romani people from the start, and what this favorite “legend” tells us. 

Link: https://romea.cz/en/world/author-says-the-lunik-ix-housing-estate-in-slovakia-was-never-an-experiment-in-socialism-but-a-ghetto-based-on-race-from-the-start

 

 

Luník IX housing estate in Slovakia was never an "experiment in socialism", but a ghetto based on race from the start

"In the historical awareness of those who live in Košiče, the urban legend is strongly entrenched that Luník IX was built as a model housing estate in a pleasant environment near a forest. The legend also claims that an 'experiment in socialism' was undertaken at that housing estate according to which non-Romani and Romani families were meant to live together there. The non-Romani families were meant to be employees of the armed forces, i.e., the army and the police. However, the experiment went awry and the outcome was that the Romani residents destroyed the housing estate," author Ondrej Ficeri describes the "classic story" about the creation of the housing estate in the introduction to his book entitled Luník IX: Zrod romského ghetta [Luník IX: Birth of a Romani Ghetto]. This interpretation of the rise of the most notorious housing estate in Slovakia can commonly be found in various online and print sources where it is usually presented as fact. In his book, Ficeri carefully confronts that narrative with the available facts from archival materials.

On the basis of that evidence, Ficeri tells the story of Luník IX once more, explaining the context and the circumstances of its creation, why it featured the attributes of a ghetto for Romani people from the start, and what this favorite “legend” tells us. 

Link: https://romea.cz/en/world/author-says-the-lunik-ix-housing-estate-in-slovakia-was-never-an-experiment-in-socialism-but-a-ghetto-based-on-race-from-the-start

 

 

According to the Center for Reporting and Information on Anti-Roma Sentiment from Berlin - MIA, in 2023, 1,233 anti-Roma incidents were recorded

The center for reporting and informing about anti-Roma sentiment

MIA published the second annual report on anti-Roma incidents in Germany. The number of incidents has almost doubled compared to the previous year.

On Monday, June 17, 2024, the annual report of the Anti-Roma MIA Reporting and Information Center on anti-Gypsy incidents in Germany from 2023 was presented at a federal press conference in Berlin. For 2023, the Ministry of the Interior recorded a total of 1,233 anti-Gypsy incidents. This is a significant increase compared to the previous year (621 incidents). Larger numbers are associated with a shift to the right

Three aspects of the incidents stand out: The first, alarming finding is the clear increase in extreme violence. Following an incident in 2022, MIA documents 10 cases of extreme violence in the current report. Romani Rose, president of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, commented: "Increased hatred and agitation in our country, but also in individual parliaments, often creates the ground for this. "Unfortunately, Democratic Party politicians and media reports that link the behavior of individuals to their background continue to provide the ammunition for these horrific incidents."

Second, MIA notes with concern that anti-Roma statements at gatherings, for example at football stadiums, and anti-Roma propaganda, especially from right-wing parties, poison the social climate and incite people to violence. Anti-Roma statements, which are recorded under "verbal stereotyping", are the most widespread type of incident in 2023, with 600 cases.

"These statements contribute to wide sections of society perceiving anti-Gypsyism as normal. The Ministry of the Interior leads a campaign against it and makes all forms of anti-Roma sentiment visible," explains dr. Guillermo Ruiz Torres, Executive Director of MIA.

The third finding is the result of the large number of incidents against Roma discrimination (502). State institutions were responsible for about a quarter of these cases. This shows that, as in the previous year, institutional anti-Roma sentiment is a glaring problem. Since police officers were involved in many cases of discrimination, MIA in its annual report for 2023 emphasized the topic of anti-Roma sentiment in the police.

The Ministry of the Interior demands that the Ministries of Internal Affairs and police authorities take profound measures at all levels to counter anti-Roma sentiment in the police.

The Commissioner of Serbia demands that MP Nestorović apologize to the Roma

The member of parliament of the group "We are the people's power" in the Serbian Parliament, Branimir Nestorović, broke the law and insulted Roma and Roma women with statements on national television, and he is obliged to apologize publicly, is the opinion of the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality regarding the complaint submitted by the "Initiative A11".

On June 13, the non-governmental organization "Initiative A11" announced on its website that it filed a complaint after Nestorović "made discriminatory statements on Happy TV on February 22 that match the equally worrying views about Roma that he previously expressed in the National Assembly."

"In the program of the aforementioned television, Nestorović used the word "Gypsies" in a derogatory manner, in accordance with the widespread stereotypes that prevail about members of the Roma national minority. Also, in the hall of the National Assembly, he called the representatives of the opposition "Gypsies" and their behavior "gypsies". , openly sending racist and discriminatory messages about Roma men and women".

Link: https://www.slobodnaevropa.org/a/32991851.html

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