US Hindus want Slovakia billboards on Gypsies removed

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 12, 2012 18:40 hrs

Nevada, Jan 12 (IBNS) A US based Hindu group is dismayed at upcoming parliamentary election billboards in Slovakia reportedly labeling Gypsies (Roma) as "parasites" and belittling them, and want their immediate removal.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that these racist and anti-Roma billboards should not be acceptable in 21st century Europe which boasted of its human rights record.

"Slovakia and Europe needed to improve the conditions of Roma who lived in medieval squalor in mud houses without running water, gas and sewage in 21st century. Was this a part of the vision of post-Berlin Wall European Union," Zed asked.

References to Roma people in Europe, who are believed to have their roots in the Indian subcontinent, reportedly went as far back as ninth century CE.

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