"...and I’ll have it built on the Gypsy-row, right here!" Threats similar to these, men in masks, whips and spontoons, spitting, calling Gypsies, including children, names or racial slurs, and hatred sometimes escalating to physical violence on one side. Premature birth due to fear, terrorized children pissing in their pants, and desperate adults on the other. During these recurring acts, the majority of the Roma families temporarily fled the settlement.
Through personal accounts, our film presents what happened in the first half of March 2011 in Gyöngyöspata, how the local Roma community experienced the “patrolling” of uniformed fake guardians of the law, their harassing presence, and racist remarks, over many days.
For English subtitles: start the video and click on the "cc" button! In the three cases quoted in the film, the HCLU’s attorneys filed charges in the name of the plaintiffs for crimes against members of a community and other crimes.
The Roma people speaking in this video claim that the police did not protect them against these atrocities (the complaints against the police refer to the period before riot control forces from Budapest and Miskolc were ordered to the village). They reported the illegal atrocities committed against them in vain, because local police refused to deal with the complaints of the Roma, while being visibly accomodating with the uniformed men and women committing these fear-inducing acts. The HCLU urges disciplinary action against the policemen who failed to take action and start proceedings.
Due to the fact that the persons claiming to be militia were allowed into a school and because of the principal’s remark which we can hear in the film and which terrified the children (“There will be blood!”), the HCLU turns to the maintainer of the school first.
In our video, you can hear about Joseph’s story, which is yet another example of the typical attitude of the police in Borsod and Heves Counties: they fine local Roma for acts that are unnoticeable, and the punishment doesn’t nearly fit the crime, if they even committed a crime at all.
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.
Around 9 p.m. on a Saturday night in the beginning of September 2010 a christening feast was dispersed in Tiszalúc (Hungary) by three cars of policemen using batons and tear gas, pleading the breach of the peace. The policemen had no mercy even on children. This case - presented within our series “We serve and beat” - is an outstanding example of police brutality and undue and unlawful police actions against the Roma.