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April 8th - international day of Romani Gypsies.

category international | racism & migration related issues | other press author Wednesday April 09, 2008 00:00author by euro-knacker Report this post to the editors

You have a few minutes left to enjoy this year's international day of the Romani nation or the Roma.

They're not Romanians.

There are approximately 15 million people of the ethnic group worldwide, and surprising and no doubt shocking as it may seem, they are often not made as welcome as they undoubtedly are in Ireland.
the flag of the Romani / Roma nation.
the flag of the Romani / Roma nation.

Historically despite their undoubted influence on many musical traditions including flamenco, bolero, zidane or gypsy jazz as well as classical composers such as Liszt, Btrahms & Barton - they have often been the focus of persecution.

Estimates vary on how many were killed in The Holocaust :- "Ian Hancock, director of the Program of Romani Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, proposes a figure of up to a million and a half, while an estimate of between 220,000 and 500,000 was made by the late Sybil Milton, formerly senior historian of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum"

If you can read french you can learn all about their day and them here http://journee-mondiale-rroms.org/

If you can read English you can read all about them & perhaps tell any you meet you know all about their importance to European identity and civilisation & are lobbying for their ethnicity to be respected & that the Gardai be properly trained in diversity issues relating to them & other minority groups.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romani_people

author by Mr Manpublication date Wed May 14, 2008 15:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"You have a few minutes left to enjoy this year's international day of the Romani nation or the Roma."
Romani nation? I thought they weren't a nation?

"they are often not made as welcome as they undoubtedly are in Ireland."
Don't know what you have seen, but I believe the general public has as much respect for them as our 'indigenous' travellers, except maybe they don't seem as violent so people feel it is more fair game to show disgust.

I've always wondered what it is about travelling people that make others so unconfortable.

 
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