[WSMDiscuss] Coronavirus Pandemic- The Plight of Roma People in Europe

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Fri May 15 16:43:28 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! Roma people, who are ‘untouchables’of European countries face discrimination, exclusion and violence based on workand descent day-in and day-out. Their plight has been further aggravated by thecoronavirus pandemic. The State and the society at large are complicit in ill-treatingRoma people thereby denying them a life of dignity, equality and justice. 


Do pass it on to others in yourcircle/network. 


Police areusing the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to abuse Roma

Jonathan Lee, Al Jazeera, May 14,2020 



The coronavirus pandemicexacerbated the ugly, systematic state violence against Romani people. 




Europe's marginalisedRoma people hit hard by coronavirus

Shaun Walker, The Guardian, Budapest, May 11, 2020 



Pandemic has increased deprivation and stigmatisation of continent’slargest minority





Jonathan Lee, EuropeanRoma Rights Centre (ERRC) May 04, 2020 





Pandemic:Roma at receiving end of racist policing

Bernard Rorke,Budapest, EU Observer, May 04, 2020  



More and more casesof police brutality against Roma are surfacing amidst quarantines, lockdownsand emergency measures across central and eastern Europe. 




Hungary's Roma facing economic disaster as COVID restrictionslifted

Marton Dunai and BalazsKaufmann, Reuters, May 04, 2020 

Hungary’s Roma facing economic disaster as COVID restrictions lifted 

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Hungary’s Roma facing economic disaster as COVID restrictions lifted

MISKOLC — Robert Filep eyes his prepaid electricity meter anxiously: he has 28.9 kilowatt-hours left. When that ...






With Regards and InSolidarity 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi 


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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