What is the situation of the Roma in Serbia: "Every day I hear bad comments. People won't sit nextto me on the bus"

Biljana Tasić is a teacher of the Romani language at the "Branko Pešić" Elementary School, the only one in Belgrade where Romani is taught as an optional subject. Her path to education was not easy - she and her two older sisters were raised by a single mother. As she says, all three, now academic citizens, had the most problems in elementary school, where they were the target of peer discrimination.

In addition to discrimination, poverty and early Romani child marriages, which, Tasić emphasizes, are not part of the Romani tradition, represent the biggest obstacles faced by young Romani men and women. - I know it is not easy when there is no one, when poverty presses in, when the cold presses in, when there is no food, clothes and shoes. It's all very difficult, but it's not impossible to overcome. That's why I would like to encourage everyone, dream your dream and don't give up on it because someone will discourage you and say you're not for it - says Biljana Tasić for "Blic" television. Such motivational words are not lacking in her pedagogical approach, so it is not surprising that she is one of the favorite teachers at school.

She instilled good work habits in Aleksandar and Filip Trajković. They are currently finishing high school and making academic plans. In their free time, they play music, and have recently been active in the National Theatre. Although they are now accepted in their immediate environment, this is not always the case. Ugly words affect them, but as they mature, they learn to ignore mean comments.

- I meet mostly every day, sometimes less sometimes more. It mostly happens in society, those looks, sometimes I hear whispers among people. No one will sit next to me on the bus - say the Trajkovići.



Niš, Serbia: "Saban Bajramović" boulevard retains its name, at least for now

The former South Boulevard, which now bears the name of the great Saban Bajramović, will keep that name for a while at least. The initiative to name that street after Sasha Savić Švaba, and Stock Square to bear the name of the greats of Niš, Serbian and world jazz music, has been withdrawn.

There was a big uproar in the public about the initiatives to take away the street from Shaban Bajramović and to name the Roma settlement after him. At the same time, that street would bear the name of Saša Savić Švaba, the leader of the Night Wolves, who died three years ago.

The President of the Assembly Assoc. Boban Džunić gathered the initiators today and announced that the initiatives have been temporarily withdrawn and that they will not be discussed at the next session.

"Our friends, who were the initiators of these initiatives, which caused great interest among our fellow citizens due to the half-information and misinformation of some who themselves were the initiators of those initiatives, listened to my proposal to temporarily withdraw their initiatives and talk to those who were in favor that initiative, and now they are not, as with all other relevant factors", said the President of the Assembly.

The meeting was also attended by Councilor Svetislav Jovanović, the representative of the proponent of the initiative to name Stochni Trg after the Roma great, as well as representatives of the "Night Wolves", who requested that streets be taken from Shaban and named after their deceased leader, because , as their elder says, that was the end of it.

The Night Wolves have said they will not give up on the idea of having that street named after their late leader.


#me.Rom - Roma in the USA: We're trying to create the Romani solidarity we long for here, says Melina R. Salifoski of New York

Melina’s father, a Romani man from Prilep, first came to the USA in 1967, followed by the rest of his family who gradually settled in New York. In this first episode of the series, Melina tells the story of her paternal grandparents, who grew and sold tobacco in what is today North Macedonia. Her grandfather first emigrated to Vienna, Austria, where he worked in various jobs to raise money so the family could emigrate to the USA. After arriving in New York, Melina’s grandmother did her best to take any job that came her way, working in factories producing sausages or staples.

Melina’s grandfather also tried his hand at business and took care of several properties. “More of our family members gradually came here. According to what my parents told me, they first all lived in one apartment and then gradually arranged their own separate housing. It was a big family community,” Melina explains.

For a long time she never suspected that she was Romani. As a child she believed she was of Spanish origin because she looked like her Hispanic friends, and she took on some of their cultural features.

“For almost 10 years I thought I was Puerto Rican, so that’s great,” she says cheerfully, adding that she realized her origin when she visited Macedonia at the age of 12. “That’s where I saw how my father lived, which was a small room with his parents and three sisters. Back then, I could see how badly they were living. If I went just two blocks down there were pebbled streets, beautiful stores, this, that and the other,” she says about what it was like to realize she is of Romani origin.

“The sense of community there is much larger, you could feel it as much bigger. That’s where my love for my own community comes from. When I come back here [to the USA] and I hear the word ‘Gypsy, Gypsy, Gypsy’, I said ‘No, wait, wait, wait. That’s not it. We’re Romani, we’re not ‘Gypsy’,” Melina, who lives with her own children and husband in the Bronx, explains with determination.

The #me.Rom documentary series is being filmed for ROMEA TV by František Bikár and offers viewers a unique view of the lives of Roma living in three different US states. ROMEA TV will publish five interviews from this series over the next few weeks.






Spain: Football match interrupted over racist insults. Seville's trainer says he is a proud Romani man and nobody calls him a "gypsy"

The league football match between Getafe and Seville in Spain last weekend was marred by fans from the Getafe home side shouting racist abuse at Seville player Marcos Acuña, causing the referees to interrupt the duel for several minutes. The Seville side's trainer, who used to work with the Getafe team and is proud of his Romani origin, also complained after the match that he had been targeted with racially-motivated insults from the stands. Referees stopped the match at the 68th minute and did not resume play until the announcer called on fans to refrain from racist, xenophobic insults. According to the records of the match, Getafe fans called Acuña, who played for the victorious national team of Argentina in the 2022 World Cup, a “monkey”, among other things.

Judges did not officially mention any other incidents. However, Seville trainer Enrique “Quique” Sánchez Flores complained that some Getafe fans also targeted him for insults over his Romani origin.

“I am proud to be Roma with every pore of my body, but it’s one thing to be Roma and another to be insulted because of it,” the Seville trainer and former player said after the match. “There are fans who believe they can say whatever they want in the stadium. It happens in each and every stadium,” Sánchez Flores said, adding that some fans for Getafe did also object to the racism.

Seville defeated Getafe 1:0 and condemned the fans’ racist behavior. The interruption of the match and reprimanding of the viewers was also condoned by Getafe coach José Bordalás.

Support for the referees’ decision was also expressed on the X social media site by Brazilian footballer Vinicius Junior, who has been repeatedly targeted with racist insults while playing for Real Madrid.



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