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The victims of Romanian race attacks - Belfast

London at this time of the year, looks both very grey and dull. Driving on A406 , all you can do, beside observing the speed limit from time to time, is to listen to the radio.

The credit crunch is everywhere, like an invisible disease affecting everyone.

As a Transylvanian emigrant in London, I am very much concerned too. The company that I work for, asked all the employees to reduce spending if possible, and that includes petrol.

As expected, the traffic grinds to a halt, next to a petrol station. My meeting is in 45 minutes and I am about 20 minutes away from my destination. At precisely 14: 15, something extraordinary and socially explicit has happened, right before my very own eyes.

On the other side of the traffic light, a group of girls, dressed up like gypsies, appeared from nowhere, all of them equipped with something that looked like a sponge and a plastic water bottle.

With a very quick scan, probably moulded by experience, they started to take over the drivers and their cars - whom had the miss fortune to be stopped by the red lights.

You don't have to take my word for it. As it happens, I had a photo camera with me. You may wonder, why would I take pictures of some girls dressed up in long skirts, in the middle of the traffic light, and rightly do so.

One of them, draw a heart on the windscreen of a German made car, using car wash shampoo. The driver of the car, did not look very happy , as he was gesturing like a football fan, injected with petrol and saying that was not a penalty.

That's when I decided that is worth pulling over and take my camera out. Also, the fact that I believed the girls to be gypsies from Romania, made everything more interesting.

I get out of the car and then back in. I forgot to take my camera with me in the excitement. I want to see the way British people react and write about it, later on.

This is the moment when I took the first picture and also the moment before the girls noticed me taking pictures of them.

They do the same in Romania, except that they can behave more aggressively. If the driver of the car is not going into an emotional melt down when he/she sees a heart drawn by a stranger on his/her windscreen, they would look at you with a gaze that says: 'Just give me the spare change and you might still have your side mirror before the traffic light turns green.'

Few seconds later, one girl points out at me. They all turn towards me and start shouting abusive insults, while using the middle finger to make their message more explicit.

I take one more picture, and before I decide that is better to back off, the girls start to panic. My first thought was that I have either intimidated them, or some people still think that having your photo taken will take your soul too.

They start running with an amazing sprint. I am happy that the light is red, and the girls get safely off the road. I am happy and puzzled to what I did that caused such strong reaction from them.

Poverty breeds ignorance indeed, especially if mixed with tradition and a lack of education. As a child, my mother used to threaten me that she will give me away to the gypsies if I misbehave again. The bad reputation that burdens the gypsies is deep seeded into Romanian culture, and the statistics do not help to argue against it. My understanding is that there is even a proposed petition to the parliament, asking for the word Roma to be banned - deleted from describing a member of an ethnic group.

The Romanians added an extra r to the official way to describe a gipsy - rroma, as a temporary solution, but the late exodus that has taken place with in the European Union, is forcing the government to separate the gypsies from the Romanians, at least in the news, in an attempt to protect the reputation of Romania abroad. The word Roma is easily adopted by the less informed foreigners, as representing the Romanians.

Few years ago, back in Transylvania, the Romanian company I was working for at the time, got itself involved in a social deal with the government. It meant that they employed people with a criminal record, recently released from prison and the tax payer pays for it, as part of a rehabilitation program. When the announcement that we are going to have gipsies in our team was made, the common feeling was best described by a remark voiced by a colleague: 'Great. Keep your stuff with you at all times.'

Being the youngest employee there, I was also the most naive when dealing with my new colleagues. And it paid off. I've got fresh coffee every morning and invitations to spend the weekends in a remote gypsy village, together with the option of choosing myself a wife. There was also an offer to improve the shape of my penis, by having small - glass made balls, inserted into my penis. I always said no, even thou I was told that an operation like that is very exquisite and usually costs lots of money. My new friends would do it for free because they like me.

Now, that Obama is the president elect of the USA, every minority in Europe is under the spot light. Except for the gypsies that is. Romania has about 2 million of them and they never asked for the streets to bear the same name in two different languages like the Hungarians did. Let alone, having a gipsy president of Romania.

This is the main reason why I had to stop my car in the middle of a traffic junction considering the fact that I already have two speeding penalties while I was driving to work. I can also tell you the reason why the gipsy girls run off.

Behind me, there was a police man ridding a bike.

'Is that you car ?' he asks
'Why do you take pictures?'

'Well, I was... here...' I say while I am looking at my car parked, half on the road and the rest of it on the pavement. The last thing I need is to have my driving licence taken away, because somebody long time ago, offered me to have a penis enhancement operation. At least I've put my hazards light on, and there is no way that my car can cause an accident.

'You have to move your car before an accident happens'

'Of course, I was about to do that' I say

'Why do you take pictures?' the police man asks again

I am trying to be calm but all I could come up with was: 'I want to post them on the internet, something relating to gipsies in UK'

'Are you foreign ?' he asks

'I am Romanian' I say - thinking how foreign is that, since me and the gipsy girls whom just outrunned him, might be an overwhelming majority here.

'Please move your car now'

I am not a wise person, but I do know when is a good time to get back in your car. But then again, somebody who parks a car next to a traffic junction, in order to take pictures of some girls washing wind screens, is bound to live like a gipsy. I point my camera at the police man, take a picture of him and before he changes his mind, I get in my car and drive off into a depressing autumn, while somebody on the radio tells me that the European economy is in recession.

I decide to change the radio station. If the British behave like Romanians do - towards the gipsies, then I shall be so lucky to have white skin and blue eyes. That's Kylie Minogue on the radio. The gipsies are an European problem, unless you ride horses with your shirt open, towards an open fire, where gipsy girls dance on the rhythm of globalisation.

The next song is Pink Floyd and they are wrong - we all need education. Take any human being and educate him or her, like you do with white people and you might get yourself an Obama who's ready lead you into a new world where everyone can contribute to the society, and perhaps to a world where people don't park their cars in the wrong places.

at Thursday, 18 June 2009 04:48by coady
perhaps england and america should have thought about this before they decided to knock down walls in germany, here in england we have a problem with romanians also, they are just gypseys making a nuicence of themselves, england is to small to cope with the influx, they shouldnt be here end of, i dont see why i have to pay taxes to keep these people, send them home
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 06:57by Nirnja
english peoplle should not complain about people of other countries coming to uk, they rthe ones who started this. So now is payback time. Just watch everything would be taken over by immigrants in very near future
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 08:59by coady
what do you mean we shouldnt complain?, i didnt vote for you or anyone else to come to this country, whatever the polititicians done years ago has nothing to do with me or my generation, a large percentage of immigrants to england are just abusing the system and i am sick of it, i have to pay tax to keep you people, in poland they do training courses on how to cheat the system here that is how bad things are here under labour and the same thing will happen under the tories, ime sorry its NO
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 09:02by coady
5"hello world"
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 09:19by mi..
i'm from romania and i think that gypsies deserve it, because they have ruined the image of our country.people of other countryes must understand that not all people of romania are like gypsies.gypsies are not part of our race,they have invaded our country and they everytime made just bad things. my message did not have the wrong idea, i just want that the world understand that the romans are not bad people
6"sick of gypsies"
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 12:58by alexa
I am from romania, i live in france, here also we are sick of this gypsie people, hwo ruined everything about roumanian people (image, etc....) I hope one day , they will deseapear!!!
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 15:17by j.m
coady - this is how globalisation and EU works, get over it
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 15:45by Jinnimengroe
Coady you\\\'re an ignorant racist and Nirnja you\\\'re dead right. Coady you say you didn\\\'t vote for immigrants to come to this country. I wonder whether the Indians, Aborigines, Malayans etc voted for us to take over their countries? One thing you\\\'re right on though. The UK and USA pushing for free markets and globalisation, the enlargement of the EU etc is the cause of this. So Coady you might say we\\\'re now reaping what we sew. Blaming poor ignorant and hated peop
9"Alexa you filtthy fascist"
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 15:49by Daveyboy
Alexa the only people that have ruined Romania's image are you the Romanians not the Roma. In the eyes of the world you are a racist bunch of fascists for your treatment of the Roma people (not surprising that you fought alongside the Germans in the war). We say that 'if you keep kicking a dog in the end it will bite you' so as far as the Roma are concerned you get what you deserve. And as for wishing the Roma will disappear, Hitler wished that too and gassed thousands of them along with Jews
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 15:55by ricks
Dave, its not self-perpetuating evil but you are constipated and Constipated People Don\\\'t Give A crap
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 16:11by Daveyboy
Rics, My point was that it seems deep in the fascist psyche to hate those who are different jesus my grandpa fought to defeat the nazi scum, should have known where those views would linger. And its people like you who don't give a crap, the same people that turned away when they were takling away the jews and thinking 'thank god its not me' well rics one day it may well be you my boy!! As for being constipated well I just took a great big smelly shit right on your flimsy argument
12"Roma gypsies"
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 16:47by Dave
Let's all remember if the romanina's was not so racist and violent to their gypsies we wouldn't have a problem with them here in england and northern ireland its because the gypsies are scared to be in romania that they come to our place..and i suppose the welfare system might be another attraction too...and our fat tattooed beer drinking women...and our great weather..friendly welcome (not) bloody hell if i was a gypsy now i'd beheading back to romania double quick..oi who nicked my wallet?
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 16:48by d2b
well, I wrote the article and I am having a Danish beer right now 
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 16:51by d2b
basically, I am trying to say : I am a Romanian having a Danish beer - in London, using a Chinese made PC and smoking Royals 24 red cigarettes
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 16:53by d2b
or something like that
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 17:23by kurtz
I get your point d2b and I enjoyed the article...I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \'m a German guy working in London for an Italian company. I visit Thai, Mauritian and Chinese prostitutes where I use condoms made in UK then enjoysome Japanese sushi with my Belgian beer, then go home and watch the Americasn crap on TV,,,hey this is a global world, swine flu, international flights and internet bring it on..and global movements of people like the roma let\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s not forget
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 20:40by pete
Let the Brits take care of the gypsies if the Romanians cant take good care of them. Gypsies have no country. Good luck Brits from Londistan.
at Thursday, 18 June 2009 21:51by styx
For me things are very simple.Thousands of years of history did not teach some of the people a damn thing. 
Gypsies are the way they are no matter what country issued their passports.They\\\'ve been like that since...forever lol.What do you think you will gain by persecuting them?Inquisition burnt them,Hitler tried to exterminate them ...and so on... 
And you know something?I reather have a heart painted on my windscreen 
by a gipsy girl than...I don\\\'t know what other rubbish to
19"Business acumen"
at Friday, 19 June 2009 07:23by Chavvi
I agree with styx..what's the problem with windscreen cleaners whether gypsies or whoever? At least they're showing a bit of initiative, getting off their arses and trying to make their own money. When they take welfare people complain and when they work people complain..just get a life and stop mmoaning about people trying to do something for themselves instead of sitting back on their fat, pizza and burger filled arses and letting the government do everything for them like you ignorant brits
at Friday, 19 June 2009 09:47by ela
especially for Daveyboy. I can see you never lived in a country where gypsies are around you. You better shut up. You know nothing about the rapes, beating, stealing, and intimidation they bring over people. Go and live a year in an ordinary house between average Romanians in Romania not in a hotel and after that you have the tight to talk. Then you will change your views.
at Friday, 19 June 2009 10:21by boo boo
I am a Romanian and I am doing my best to work hard as a self-employed, to earn money and pay my taxes. I am happy thinking that a part of my money may go to Lewisham to support a very fit man in his 40s (I know such a man) who is not willing to work and never was. I am grateful that I can support myself, my family in Romania and the said guy from Lewisham. I am also considering volunteering to give back more to this society which adopted me.
22"Reply to ela"
at Friday, 19 June 2009 12:05by Daveyboy
Actually ela i've grown up in a town (Basildon) that has the highest concentration of gypsies in england. I've had them living next door to me, across the road from me, camped on the lawn at the back of my garden. I fought them as a boy, I've been robbed by them, my son fights with them now. So don't tell me I don't know the gypsies. But that's not the whole story there's good and bad in all people so ela stop your blinkered and ignorant views you Nazi. Keep kicking a dog and it will bite
at Friday, 19 June 2009 15:32by mi..
dave, you must understand that nobody is racist and romanian people doesn't scared gypsies..they come there voluntarily becuase their only reason is to steal and do bad things because they won't make money by honest work. rather have them scared of us because they have a very bad behaviour,you must know what kind of people are them,thay do not go to school,thay do not have education.
at Friday, 19 June 2009 23:55by ela
Hey Daveyboy !! The only explanation is that you are a gypsy, too. You could not live between them and still like them. Don't call me ignorant I know what I am talking about. You are barking for nothing.
25"Reply to ela"
at Sunday, 21 June 2009 09:38by Daveyboy
Sorry ela you are wrong I am not a gypsy though as I said I live in a twon where many live and have grown up close to them observing their ways. While there are many bad things to say about them e.g a lotn of them do thieve, they like a fight and they are loud and 'in your face' there are many good things too. They take care of each other, they value family and community and they look after their elderly. As I said there are good and bad in everyone and sorry ela you are an uneducated ignorant
26"reply to ela part 2"
at Sunday, 21 June 2009 09:44by Daveyboy
lady because anybody with a little inteligence would not make such a generalisation about a whole group of people. Good and evil exists simultaneously in all groups. Tell me would you stereotype black people, homosexuals or Romanians in the way you do about the gypsies? Actually you probably would because you appear to be a very racist and bigoted fool The 'only' explanation is that I'm a gypsy? Ha in that statement you lost this debate by revealing the limits of your logic (or lack of logic)
at Sunday, 21 June 2009 10:15by london
ela you are all the things Daveyboy says you are, I couldn't agree more
28"I fell sory for you!!!!!"
at Monday, 22 June 2009 22:39by ionut
How came thet every time you have generalise.Not all of the people are the same.How many brithish people live on benefit and you blame the others.Look at the MP. Is it fair?? I am romanian and i came here to work not to do a crime or live on benefit.i pay tax too but there are alot of emigrants that came in uk and they live on benefit.Is it fair????? 
So please realise this thet every human is diferent and that is the beauty of it. 
A shame is that every where the romanians are asocieted whith
at Friday, 24 July 2009 14:38by coady
all of you in this room if you are not from this country than i think it is time for you to move on, i am sorry but their it is
at Monday, 28 September 2009 21:20by coady
enough, enough ,enough it is time to go
31"gipsies, not romanians"
at Monday, 15 February 2010 03:32by anda
these fucking gipsies have spreaded like diseases in all countries, everywhere. i am a pure romanian, not these bastards, these are not romanians, are rroms, a type of gipsies who make us, romanians feel ashamed of.
32"Gipsies cheated you!"
at Monday, 15 February 2010 03:39by adelina
Dave you are so easily misleaded. You didn't grow up with them, to see them how filthy they are, how they don't like to work, only to dance, sing and steal! In Romanians it's a law that allow them to go to university for free and other things like this and they don't go, because they don't like it, they like to be violent. You will never find a gipsy in Irlenad who works, they all steal you and you don't even notice.
at Tuesday, 16 February 2010 07:36by nasty
anda & adelina = nasty
at Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:32by Gloria McShane
I am a white Canadian who has practically never been at the receiving end of xenophobia in the UK, unlike the sad experience of so many non-white people. This 'illegal immigrant' drive isn't about white Australians or about French. It is a clear (and disturbing) code for race.
at Wednesday, 30 June 2010 11:27by tommy c
i am from romania myself born there now live in the uk, and it has completey change and yes gipsies our a probleam, there rich and mislead people in romania, but does that make the whole of romania bad the people there our nice and have life, and i tell you for a fact that england is in the same probleam with your stupid chavs so, in way its tit for tat, who we have to pay taxes for because they cant be ass to get jobs,, least romanians try.
at Sunday, 22 August 2010 00:31by Anti-Roma (Gypsy) propaga
Havenīt we heard much of this before ? hive/anti-roma-propaganda/
at Wednesday, 03 November 2010 20:04by gypsiesgypsies
let europe keep them gypsies
at Thursday, 25 August 2011 09:24by gabi
why do you keep on mentioning Transilvania? that create confusion on many people, everybody should understand that Transilvania is a region in Romania and everybody coming from there is a romanian citizen , because the contry itself is Romania. I live in Transilvania as well but I dont claim I am transilvanian, I am romanian!!!
at Thursday, 08 March 2012 18:32by gypsies
what happened with the gypsies in france ?
at Wednesday, 25 April 2012 00:01by bal
send all smelly romanians and gypos back on first boat we dont need them let them go to france or germany or maybe they could all go to israel and stay there i can see why irish dont want them they already got enough gypos there or travellers themsleves and they hae bad name cause they are mainly bad and cause problems like the romainains why dont they do there begging in there own country bloody sick of sight of them breading like cockroaches
at Sunday, 30 September 2012 08:30by S
anda & adelina = RIGHT
42"orlistat es lo mismo que xenical"
at Wednesday, 03 October 2012 18:05by peace for europe
we are all humans  
at Monday, 27 May 2013 12:10by david
they are back in London :))))))
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