Monday, August 30, 2010

Who's going to stop France from expelling the Roma?


Despite global criticism, France continues to kick Gypsies out of the country.

Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux called the action "legitimate and necessary."

Is he insane? Is this how he wants to be remembered by future generations? Is this how he wants to go down in history? By removing an entire ethnic group from his country? I can hardly believe that the French people are allowing this to happen.

"It's not a question of stigmatizing this or that population," said Hortefeux. "We can't close our eyes to the reality."

What reality?

Many of these people were born in France. They are French citizens. They have no where to go. You can't just expel a whole people. It's perverse. It's wrong. It's the forcible removal of a population. It's ethnic cleansing!

Surely this is not how Nicolas Sarkozy believes he will win the 2012 presidential election!

France announced today (Monday) that it will step up deportations of "foreigners" caught stealing or begging aggressively as part of a high-profile crackdown on the Roma minority that has sparked condemnation around the world.

I never cease to be shocked and disgusted at what human beings are capable of doing to each other. I'm against any form of crime, and stealing and begging aggressively must not be tolerated. But the Roma should not be singled out as the only perpetrators. The very notion is absurd and very very wrong.

By the way, that's Brice Hortefeux in the photo. Remember his face.

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