"...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.
István Cári senior became sick during the preparations for a pig slaughter early in the morning on February 25, 2011. His son and acquaintances who were there called the nearby doctor. They went to her house and also called the ambulance to no avail, as the doctor didn’t help, and the ambulance arrived late.
This is another example of teachers’ sadism which happened almost at the same time as the head butting incident. The teacher tied the eight year old little boy to a chair with a skipping rope, because he did not ask for permission to take his eraser to his sibling. The child was tied down for approximately ten minutes and finally his sibling untied him. The boy felt so ashamed that he did not dare to tell the story to his parents at home. The father visited the headmaster at the school where the teacher admitted her act, pleading that did it because she could not handle him. As the headmaster did not want to take any measures against the teacher, the father reported the case to the police.
April 18, 2010, Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary. We visited the quarters of the people evacuated due to the flood. Many of them complained that “Hungarians” didn’t help the Romas during the defense against the flood. The sand ordered by the local government also arrived late. This is what this short video addresses.