The Gypsy problem: is there any solution?

On Sunday evening, 15th of April, 15-years old Peter walked through Czech town Břeclav, when three men asked him for a cigarette. The boy refused and consequently was brutally beaten by men, later identified as gipsies. As a result of his injuries, one of his kidneys had to be removed and his liver was damaged.

Three years before similar situation happened in the Vítkov village, however with reverse sites. Four young radicals threw Molotov cocktails into the house habited by Roma family. The house was immediately burnt down and two-years old girl Natália sustained serious injuries.

Both incidents caused wave of protests and disillusion in the inflicted countries.  Friends of the assaulted boy from Břeclav wanted to organize a demonstration in his support criticizing the Romani community. Meanwhile the cabinet discussed the issue of racism and far-right extremism. Violent incidents like this are regularly spreading hate through countries of Middle and Eastern Europe and worries rise about the estimated 800,000 Romanies in both parts of the former Czechoslovakia.

In 1997 the European Union excluded Slovakia from the first wave of would-be members because it was not “democratic” enough. The biggest problem were minority rights. Over 20 years from then on,  problems remain in Slovakia, as well as Czech republic, Hungary, Romania and others.

People concerned about these questions are divided, one group share liberal point of view calling for tolerance and integration and others promoting radical extremism.  To achieve satisfying compromise seems to be more than hard, if not impossible quest. While people argue how to deal with spreading hate on both sides, gypsies have to face discrimination and segregation from other people.  Romani children are often sent into special schools regardless their mental abilities and their parents are under special conditions when asking for unemployment benefits and family benefits. These common phenomenas cause bigger marginalization and ghettoization . Magic circle is becoming stronger and stronger.

The fact is that nobody can expect quick solution. Only strength and patience is needed to reach acceptable outcome. The difference in culture, way of life and social background has to be taken into account, so that we can find right way. The solution always exists.

One comment

  • David

    Eventually, it turned out that the boy had made the whole story up, covering the fact that he had fallen down the stairs, which was in his opinion too embarassing to admit…
    so in this case, the gipsies are not to be blamed. However, in all other cases, they seem to be the troublemakers, not wanting either to work or to obey the rules of the Czech society.
    BTW this is the only correct version: The Czech Republic, spelled with definite article and both capital letters

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