Ra ra, ah ah ah, roma, roma-ma, GaGa, oh la-la, don't want your Bad Roma
July 29, 2010 8:33 AM Subscribe
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In the wake of a deadly clash between Roma (better known as Gypsies) and police in the Loire Valley region of France, French President Sarkozy order the French government to “systematically evacuate” Roma illegal immigrants and dismantle their camps, citing "reasons of public order".
Roma, often referred to pejoratively as Gypsies or Travelers, are typically itinerant people from Bulgaria, Romania and other Eastern European countries. Three hundred troops have been sent to patrol the typically quiet village of Saint-Aignan in the Loire Valley following an ongoing riot by Roma. The rioting was triggered by the death of a Roma man who was shot by police on Thursday during a chase when he failed to stop at a checkpoint.
Roma attacked the village police station with hatchets, iron bars and other improvised weapons. They also toppled traffic lights and road signs, burned three cars and hacked down trees. "It was a settling of scores between the Travelers and the gendarmerie*,"
said the village mayor, Jean-Michel Billon.
President Sarkozy and his administration have been fielding claims of racist motivation for the policy change. Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux defended the measures, claiming that they "are not meant to stigmatize any community, regardless of who they are, but to punish illegal behavior."
*A military body charged with police duties among civilian populations.