Romanian President Fined for Disparaging Roma

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Romanian President Fined for Disparaging Roma: Romanian President Fined for Disparaging Roma A photo shows Romanian President Traian Basescu gesturing during a media briefing in Bucharest. EPA/BGNES

The National Council for Combating Discrimination has fined Romanian President, Traian Basescu, for disparaging the country's Roma minority.

The fine is in the amount of USD 185.

Romania's official anti-discrimination agency initially declined to take the case because Basescu made the comments while on a visit abroad.

Later, the Supreme Court ordered the agency, which is under the control of parliament, to take the case.

Basescu has not yet issued an official reaction.

He was fined for having said "very few of Roma want to work'' and "traditionally many of them live off stealing", during a 2010 news conference in Slovenia.

The BBC reminds that Romania officially has 620 000 Roma, but the number is believed to be far higher because many do not declare their ethnicity to avoid widespread discrimination.

As in Bulgaria, the majority of Roma are unemployed and live deplorable housing and conditions, with limited access to healthcare and education.

Basescu made recently another controversial statement about the Roma.

Speaking in Berlin in January, while defending their right of free movement in the European Union, he said Roma irritate people by begging and are "perhaps more troublesome than a banker who makes tens of billions disappear from a bank".

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St Dimityr Basarbovski - 14 Feb 2014 // 14:01:07

Increase 1000-fold the fees for Turkish trucks crossing Bg and Greek territory so that the Turksih trade with the West, Albania, FYROM and so one become iunprofitable. Of course that means reciprocal actions of the Turks, meaning the Bg and Greek companies crossing Turkey will go bankrupt but Bg and Gr trade through Turkey is nothing compared to the one with the West, Ukraine, Russia.
But who has the guts in Bg or Greece to do should a thing?
Looks like the BULGARIA TURK Sunaj Karaasan tried to break the Bg truck barrier a few days ago. This is the perfect example why the Bg Turks are NOT loyal towards Bg, just like the Serbs in Croatian Krajna. Why haven't they been expelled until now (the same percentage as the Croatia Serbs)??? Well because Bg as an Eastern Orthodox country doesn't enjoy the same tolerance from the Western Powers as Croatia, it is being discriminated against

St Dimityr Basarbovski - 14 Feb 2014 // 13:56:54

Unloyal ethnic minorities in Bulgaria (Turks, Gypsy-speaking and Turkish-speaking Muslim Roma with Turkish national awareness) should be treated by Croatian standards. The Western 'Powers' should not discriminated Bulgaria against Croatia and let it expell the same percentage of the above-mentioned non-loyal ethnic communities' members as the percentage of Croatia Serbs expelled and currently still not returned. Muslim Gypsies with non-Turkish ethnic identification cannot be expelled unfortunately but they are few. How can we prove the former are un-loyal? Well there are the OFFICIAL territorial claims by Erdogan towards Ludogorieto and Kyrdzalijsko. This is enough. A interesting is that the part of Ludogorieto having belonged to Greater Romania is claimed by both Romania and its former Muslims masters currently allies the Turks. Check Romania presidents (Traian Basescu) very recent declaration in Turkey in favor of speeding up Turkey's EU accession. Also check Ljutvi Mestan's interview for Romanian news agency Agerpres with anti-Bg statements.
Of course nothing will be done and Bg will end up being split among Turkey, Ro and FYROM

St Dimityr Basarbovski - 14 Feb 2014 // 13:54:46

We will have huge issues with the already many fast-breeding Christian Romanian-speaking Gypsies (vlaski cigani): koritari, kopanari, vretenari. Romanian propagandists from North Dobrudza have visited Dobrich and Silistra districts and begged them to declare themselves Romanians at the last two censuses. The biggest success however is not in South Dobrudza, but in Varnensko. It is a known fact that Romanian and FYROMian governments have repeatedly asked Bulgaria for the recognition of their "national minorities", despite the fact that in Bg, just like in France and Greece there are no such minorities. The Turks can't do that since that would mean giving ethnic rights to the numerous Kurds and they are not that stupid. Recognizing a national minorities would result in ethnic parties which means that national minorities would be granted the collective right to collectively be represented by their respective parties (individual ethnic rights would mean 1 party for every Romanian, FYROMian, Turk and so on). There is no way of solving the Gypsification of Bulgarian by Christian Romanian-speaking Roma + Muslim Roma with Turkish ethnic identification (regardless of the fact that they speak Turkish or Gypsy most of the Muslim Gypsies have Turkish ethnic identification).
Bulgarian authorities should inform their NATO allies (especially the US) about Turkey's territorial claims towards most of the Balkan countries but also towards Georgia (the former directly uttered by Erdogan last year, the latter in one map published by the Turkish Education Ministry in 2012 as auxiliary material for history classes, Education Ministry being a public, official institution, that means OFFICIAL territorial claims). Georgia is a future member of NATO but Turkey has territorial claims towards it, as well as towards Bg, Greece, Albania, Kosovo, FYROM, Bosnia).
Also Bg lobby for the recognition of the Armenian genocide and territorial autonomy of Turkish Kurdistan.
It seems that there is a plan for splitting Bg among Turkey, FYROM and Romania devised by Bilderberg group and other like them, freemasons or whatever, Soros. The Muslim refugees from Syria but also from Afghanistan, Algeria and black Muslim countries flooding Bg is part of such a plan. Why are Algerians coming to Bg from Turkey since there is no war in Algeria and no direct route from Algeria to Bulgaria through Turkey??? I recommend hiring contract killers to kill Etienne Davignon, George Soros and the others with such intention towards Bulgaria.

Yane - 12 Feb 2014 // 20:10:57

If what he says is untrue, then why doesn't France want them? :)

Fr Jack Hackett - 12 Feb 2014 // 18:17:19

Weren't Romanian politicians criticizing other EU politicians for saying exactly the same thing?

Seedy - 12 Feb 2014 // 16:47:05

It's true that tsigani are much maligned and unfairly discriminated against: a stroll through the pleasant avenues of any Jolly Gipsy District will reveal a panorama of beautifully-painted houses surrounded by landscaped gardens in which a couple of immaculate children play before reaching the age to attend school and amaze both teachers and class-mates with their intelligence and willingness to learn. Meanwhile, their parents are busily shaming the rest of us with their shining example of cleanliness, work-ethic and honesty.....or so the BS Helsinki Committee and the rest of the Cloud-Cuckoo-land-living Champagne Socialists would have us believe. Luckily, they've mainly gone to scrounge a few Handouts for their own Quangos in Brussels these days, since those of us who encounter Johnny Roma on an almost everyday basis know the truth of the matter.

amicu - 12 Feb 2014 // 10:46:27

It is untrue in every way. Not all of them steal for living, it's risky even to say that a majority of them steal. Such demagogically rhetoric is typical for Basescu. He knew that so many Romanians are racist and he said to them what they want to hear (even if the speech was abroad).

Seedy - 12 Feb 2014 // 10:18:58

To return to the topic in hand - I agree with Yane: just how does telling the truth constitute "disparagement"?

Seedy - 12 Feb 2014 // 10:17:10

Clearly not as retarded, or fantasist, as you, mon ami! I can't even begin to imagine what makes you think (look it up) that Mr/Ms Bingo-wings has anything to do with me....

Yane - 12 Feb 2014 // 03:18:27

Stick to one name, Seedy, you shouldn't even bother since you are so obvious, you retard.

Musala Tombola - 11 Feb 2014 // 22:21:25

He said that all gypsies originated in Bulgaria. Is that true or not gypsy boy?

Yane - 11 Feb 2014 // 22:13:14

And in what way was any of that untrue?

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