Thursday, October 16, 2008
THERE'S IRONY HERE
OSTRVICE, CZECH REPUBLIC
An entrepreneur in the Czech Republic recently bought a former mental hospital with the intention of rebuilding it into luxurious apartments.
After his development plans were met with opposition, he threatened to move 50 Romani families from their dilapidated slum into the the former mental prison.
As tourism is booming in the area and Czech landowners prefer their Rroma remain invisible in their squalor, panic ensued.
The Rroma are simply being used in this battle over property and this situation
has increased already dangerously high tensions against the Rroma.
The irony that this controversial proposal concerns moving Rroma to a mental prison does not escape me.
Posted by Morgan at 8:09 PM