Authorities take steps against an anti-discriminatory disco

Around Ózd County, clubs usually don’t let any Roma in, which seriously violates equal treatment, and is thus illegal. In the summer of 2009, in Borsodnádas, a new club, which was supposed to be accessible to everyone, opened up.

The Mayor’s office ensured the owners of the club that they had operating rights until the kick-off party, but then they never sent out the papers confirming those rights, and instead fined the club-owners 200,000 forints (around 1,100 dollars) as soon as the club opened. Twenty-two policemen appeared at the kick-off party, and broke it up. They brought the VPOP (Hungarian Customs and Finance Guard), Artisjus (Hungarian Bureau for the Protection of Authors’ Rights), Fogyasztóvédelem (Hungarian Authority for Customer Protection) and APEH (National Tax and Customs Administration) with them for the raid. The result of the authorities’ large-scale maneuver was one accusation, namely that of the DJ, who they claimed did not have copyright privileges. The local government and the police later permanently closed the club down, so there still aren’t any discos in the area where the Roma can go to party.

One of HCLU’s own lawyers defended the aforementioned DJ in the case against him. The court of Ózd found our client not guilty!

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Kapcsolódó hírek

“He even kicked the bike”

We have presented similar stories on our blog many times. So it was not a one-time occurence, that’s for sure. At least not in Heves or Borsod county. What we’re talking about here, is that some policemen take pleasure in fining very poor people, who are mostly Romas, for breaking bicycle rules, all the time. Who they fine and how much they fine them for depends on the policeman’s discrimination and mood, rather than the bicycle laws. The man in this video lives in Eger.

'A poor man is pulled even by the branch of a tree'

I wonder how many cyclists are stopped in a wealthy neighborhood of a bigger city each year due to worn out tires, missing winter tires, missing reflector, or because of a disconnected brake cable? All of us who use such vehicles commit similar petty offenses. The lives of Borsod county’s (Hungary) Roma people – who live in poverty - are embittered by the police. They periodically give unnecessarily harsh fines of 10,20,30 thousand HUF (approximately 40,80,120 €).

The HCLU's movies shared a Special Award at the Hégető Honorka Prize ceremony

The aim of the Prize is to acknowledge television and online video works aimed at highlighting the problems of marginalised groups, and raising public and media awareness. It is a big honour for us to be awarded this prize in 2013.