Gypsy camp burning shocks Hindus, Jews

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 16:50 hrs

Nevada, Sept 29 (IBNS) US Hindus and Jews have expressed shock at the reported forcible eviction of Roma (Gypsies) and burning of their settlement in Marseille (southern France) suburb by vigilantes.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and Rabbi ElizaBeth W. Beyer, a prominent Jewish leader in western USA, in a joint statement in Nevada (USA), said that it was unfortunate that within the clear view of French government, helpless Roma were maltreated, their settlement dismantled and they were forced into homelessness.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, and Beyer asked for provision of immediate compensation to thus affected Roma and alternative accommodation for them.

The new socialist government headed by President Francois Hollande seemed to have adopted the similar much-criticized policy of crackdown on Roma settlements and deporting the poor inhabitants which was the same policy as the previous conservative government of President Nicolas Sarkozy, Zed and Beyer argued.

Zed and Beyer urged the Council of Europe and European Parliament to urgently intervene and halt Hollande from demolishing Roma settlements. It was simply inhuman to devastate the lives of voiceless Roma just to gain political mileage.

According to reports, few dozen Roma people were forced out of this camp by a group of vigilantes who also burnt down their camp, furniture and other items, taking the law in their own hands after forewarning the authorities and to date no arrests had been made.

Europe's most persecuted and discriminated community, Roma are reportedly facing apartheid conditions in Europe.

Roma reportedly regularly encounter social exclusion, racism, substandard education, hostility, joblessness, rampant illness, inadequate housing, lower life expectancy, unrest, living on desperate margins, stereotypes, mistrust, rights violations, discrimination, marginalization, appalling living conditions, prejudice, human rights abuse, etc., Zed and Beyer point out.

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