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MURDERED ROMA REMEMBERED TEN YEARS ON

Staff of the Human Resources Ministry on Saturday laid a wreath at the graves of Roma murdered in Tatárszentgyörgy, in central Hungary, ten years ago.
 

Deputy state secretary for social inclusion Katalin Victor Langer laid the wreath with her colleagues from the Human Resources Ministry at the graves of Róbert Csorba and his five-year-old son. The two were shot fleeing their home which had been firebombed.

Six people were murdered in a spate of racially motivated attacks against Roma in nine communities in 2008-2009. Four men were convicted of the murders in January 2016. Three were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and one to a thirteen-year prison term.

Commemorations for the victims were also held in Budapest. The organisers – Roma civil organisations, ethnic minority councils and activists – placed a memorial plaque in Budapest’s Pope John Paul II Square. Afterward, they walked by torchlight to central Deák Square to attend a service for the victims in the Lutheran church there.  János Pál Csóka, head of the Budapest Roma Ethnic Minority Council, said that the events of ten years ago were reminiscent of the Roma Holocaust “when our people were rounded up”.