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RFE/RL: ROMANIAN ROMA PROTEST INTERDICTION TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY

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    RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC ___________________________________________________________ RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 6, No. 162, Part II,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 29, 2002
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      RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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      RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 6, No. 162, Part II, 28 August 2002


      ROMANIAN ROMA PROTEST INTERDICTION TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY. Some 200
      Roma staged a protest at the railway station of Arad, western
      Romania, on 27 August after being denied permission to leave the
      country, Mediafax and AP reported. The permission was denied three
      days earlier. The Roma and their families occupied the railway
      station and slept on benches in Arad parks, triggering subsequent
      protests by the local population. The Roma said they had intended to
      travel to neighboring Hungary to visit relatives or find work there,
      but the authorities denied them exit, saying they did not satisfy
      travel requirements. Border controls were recently tightened to
      combat illegal emigration. In related news, Romany Social Democratic
      Party Chairman Nicolae Paun, who also heads the Chamber of Deputies'
      Human Rights Commission, said on 27 August that the French
      authorities' campaign against illegal Romany immigrants in that
      country is affecting the image of all Romanian citizens. Paun said
      the problem posed to the European Union by Romany immigrants is a
      real one, but that Romania should not be singled out as the source of
      the immigrants as the issue is common to all former communist
      countries, Romanian radio reported. MS
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