Annual Youth Conference on Roma Rights

So keres, Europa?! (So what, Europe?!)

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Conference Day #5

 

So keres, Europa?! Solidarity March – Pata Rat to Coastei Street

The day started early for the participants and organisers of the “So keres, Europa” conference as they all were taken to Pata Rat by bus. The local community warmly welcomed the young activists to join them in their march from Pata Rat to Costaei Street.

Costaei Street is in the heart of Cluj-Napaco and used to be the home to the Roma community of Pata Rat before they were forcibly evicted from their social housing on 17th December 2010 and resettled in a slum on the outskirts of the city. The living conditions of Pata Rat are unhealthy and unbearable as the houses are poorly built and do not have proper heating and electricity.

In an unprecedented demonstration of solidarity with the disadvantaged and marginalised Roma community the participants, organisers, volunteers of “So keres, Europa” along with the residents Pata Rat marched to the centre of Cluj-Napoca to remind the city of their presence and to show their willingness to stand up for their rights.   Continue reading

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Annual Youth Conference on Roma Rights

Impressions from the Solidarity March – Pata Rat to Coastei Street

Cluj-Napoca, Romania 

Annual Youth Conference on Roma Rights

So keres, Europa?! (So what, Europe?!)

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Conference Day #4

 

Day 4 started with reflection groups meeting in the conference hall at 10:00 am.  After the reflection the around 300 delegates were getting ready to make a noise in the city by starting the 48-hours-action movement.

Before the kick-off for the 48-hours-actions the participants were shown a clip of a 2010 incident which happened in the host city of the conference, Cluj-Napoca. 76 families were forcibly evicted from their homes in the heart of Cluj and they were sent to Pata Rat, a ghetto placed nearby a landfill on the outskirts of the city. One of the victims of this 2010 tragedy gave testimony of her personal story which was touching but inspiring at the same time and made the participants more enthusiastic to be Changemakers and do their best to make this movement successful. The victim further said that Roma are the most persecuted minority. Being forcibly evicted from their own homes they were deprived the very basic rights of security and protection. She demanded that Roma should enjoy same rights as everyone else and that incidents like this should not happen in Europe.

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