19.6.2014, Open Society Foundations – For Roma in France, Is Climate of Intolerance Fueling Violence?

19.6.2014, Open Society Foundations – For Roma in France, Is Climate of Intolerance Fueling Violence?

Somewhere in a hospital in Paris tonight, a Roma teenager lies in a coma fighting for his life. Accounts suggest that the boy, known to us only as Darius, was accused of burglary by residents of a poverty-stricken public housing development in Pierefitte-sur-Sienne; they subsequently abducted him, beat him into a coma in a basement, and dumped his body in a shopping trolley.

This anti-Roma sentiment can be seen at the highest levels of French society and politics. Amid such intolerant rhetoric, should we be surprised that outright hostility to the presence of Roma in France manifests itself by violence?

And what are the repercussions of the mainstream political parties’ use of ethnic scapegoating? Following the European elections in May, the Front National became France’s main representation in the European Parliament, winning 25 percent of the vote.

Source (English language): http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/roma-france-climate-intolerance-fueling-violence

 

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