Saturday, February 2, 2013

LYON


ROMA GYPSY CHILDREN IN FRANCE BANNED IN LYON'S SCHOOLS, TAUGHT IN POLICE STATION


Roma gypsy children in France are being educated in a police station - because schools refuse to let the children learn in regular classes.

FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/01/30/roma-gypsy-children-france-lyon-police_n_2582045.html?utm_hp_ref=uk?ncid=GEP

PHOTO Roma people in the central French city of Lyon

France 24 reported that the 20 children, aged between six and 12, are being taught on the second-floor of a police station in Saint-Fons, Lyon, by one teacher.


The children do not receive school meals, and walk 1.5km home to their encampment by the city's bypass, according to the report.

France anti-racism charity MRAP called the situation a "ghetto" and said it denounced the move by authorities.

It said in a statement: "We condemn the refusal of the municipality to admit children in a school canteen, which forces them to return home by foot."

The makeshift school has "poor hygiene and safety," the charity said. "School should be a place where children integrate, but some officials have sought to make it a divider."

The temporary Roma camp in the city is controversial with Mayor Christiane Demont├Ęs attempting to have its inhabitants forcibly removed. Approximately 15,000 ethnic Roma, mostly originating from Bulgaria and Romania, live across France.

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