Interior minister says eight detained in Gyongyospata

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 22th of April 2011   Source: mti

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Eight people were detained during the dispersion of a paramilitary camp in Gyongyospata, northern Hungary, on Friday, Interior Minister Sandor Pinter told a press conference in that village.


"These people generated fear among locals," he said, adding that the eight people would await trial on Saturday.


They were members of the radical paramilitary group Vedero (meaning "defence force") that organised a training in basic military skills in their camp set up in the neighbourhood of the Roma homes.


Pinter said that Gyongyospata was the scene of "shameful events which should not have been allowed to happen".


On Friday morning the Hungarian Red Cross organised the transfer 276 Roma women and children to spend the Easter holidays in Budapest and Szolnok.


Pinter said that no one had any reason to flee from the village, calling it "shameful that the families had been deprived of the joy of Easter." He said that "some presented the transfer as evacuation ..., as an effort to rescue the Roma residents." He said that in his experience nothing disturbed public order and security in the village to such an extent that anyone would have been forced to leave.


"As far as I can see there is law and order here," said Pinter.


Earlier on Friday local civil activist Tamas Bango said it was the Roma who decided to send the women and children away from the village in fear of Vedero's training scheduled for the weekend.


Sandor Farkas, a senior official of the Roma Civil Rights Movement and a former leader of the local Roma community, told Pinter that the Roma of Gyongyospata had had to tolerate the presence of far-right organisations now for two months.


"In this situation we thought that our children were not safe," he said, adding that unless the situation changed, they would have to leave the country.


Pinter responded saying that the government would guarantee public security to all residents of Gyongyospata. He added that it was obvious that everyone should work and to help that goal "the government will create jobs", most probably public work opportunities first.


Radical groups have staged demonstrations and organised patrols in several villages in Hungary's poor and unemployment-hit northern and north-eastern regions over the past few weeks, saying that it was their duty to "restore public order" in areas with a high crime rate.


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