24.6.2014, hurriyetdailynews.com – Roma band members complain against discrimination in municipality

24.6.2014, hurriyetdailynews.com – Roma band members complain against discrimination in municipality

TURKEY- A group of 14 Roma people who are members of Muğla municipality band have complained to Muğla’s human rights board against Recep Altınok, the head of the culture and social affairs department in Muğla.

They claimed that Altınok has made racial remarks toward the band members who are of Romani descent.

Muğla’s Musicians Association head Hakan Çelebi said the 14 band members are registered as cleaners by the municipality and that they are paid lower wages compared to their fellow colleagues.

“Altınok treats musicians differently, whether they have received a musical education or not. He despises some of them. He makes racist statements against Roma people. We will file a criminal complaint against him if the municipality does not take action,” said Çelebi.

Source (English language): http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roma-band-members-complain-against-discrimination-in-municipality.aspx?pageID=238&nID=68225&NewsCatID=339

 

 

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