Monday, August 13, 2012




They destroy homes and drive us out of the towns, in Italy just as here in England.
You from France and Germany, back to Romania and even Kosovo.
Here in Dale Farm fifty homes were ruined. We made a fight of it. Forty people have been arrested. Some may go to prison. Now mothers and children are living outside on the cold road in caravans.
We are aware that in a number of countries neo-fascists are killing Roma and Travellers. Everywhere racism is becoming more widespread.
Where can we go? Are we to run away again from these heartless people?

No! We are human beings and there are many of us, twelve million across Europe.
Then how to demonstrate to them that we are united? And from that unity to show new strength?
The Romani hymn Dzelem Dzelem tells us what to do. In the song Zarko Jovanovic Jagdino composed at the First World Romani Congress he says

Rise Up Roma!

Born out of the First Congress in London in l971, the forty-first Romani Nation Day is due to be held on the 8 April.
The great day is celebrated in sixty countries, wherever Roma are found, not only in Europe but from Argentina to Australia.
Fortunately today, we have hundreds of organizations, Romani NGOs in every city, international committees active in Strasbourg and Brussels, and a lot of websites on the internet which together are like a virtual Romanestan.
Brothers and sisters, maybe you are a member ERTF, of the IRU, or an activist in the new ERU, or the SOR. Well, it's all the same! Come together.
Just as the people of Egypt have risen up, so we too shall rise!
Wherever you happen to live, come out the mahala, from your camping place, from the village.

Come out on the street.

Demand your rights!

Drive off the neo-fascists.

Strike on the 8 April!


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