That is allegedly according to the news reports (the press release handed to each news outlet has been almost exactly the same). The little girl is being interviewed using SIGN LANGUAGE (they try to sign to ask her things and she tries to sign back), because they don’t have any one who can speak Romani language.
She’s stolen but fluent in Romani language? It doesn’t add up.
Nor does the fact that the Greek police are doing little to provide access to translators or other help. That was something the police said - the claim about 6 children in 10 months - whether it’s true or not is another thing entirely. Of course, there has been little to no support for either the adults or the child. Maybe they aren’t fluent in Greek but have not been offered translators and so they confused words with one another? Perhaps she spoke mistakenly, after all, the child was ripped from her by over 40 police and she was taken in handcuffs and interviewed under duress.
The Greek police have been regularly harassing Roma camps, the camp where the girl was found included. They used the girl’s fear and confusion as an indicator at the parents guilt. Though if I was pulled from where I was hiding by more than 40 armed police, I think I’d be afraid and confused too.
Basically, they said they pulled the kid because she was pale and blonde - therefore delegitimizing all pale and blonde Roma in the world. And there are many.
And making them fear for their safety and their families.
The mother said she was given the girl because her mother couldn’t take care of her - a common thing in Roma groups is to take in waif and stray children and raise them - either because they are on the street or because their parents can’t cope. But, all the news reports focus on the fact that she was not related by DNA and that the mother allegedly said she gave birth to 6 kids in 10 months.
It’s disgusting and inflammatory reporting aimed at making people scared of us. It’s rehashing the age old stereotype of Roma as child baby-stealers.
Everyone knows the prevalence of the Golden Dawn and the rise of neo-Fascist agendas in Greece, they cry out over and over about the abuse of (white) LGBTQ in Russia, but something like this? A gross abuse of the rights of Roma people?
Naw, they MUST be guilty right? They deserve the repeated and often violent raids of police. They deserve to have their children ripped away from them because they aren’t fluent in Greek or the kid “doesn’t resemble them”…
It isn’t odd for me to immediately assume it’s an anti-Roma conspiracy - IT IS AN ANTI-ROMA CONSPIRACY.
The news is becoming more and more targeted at “Roma Gypsy” communities. Alleged crime rings and human trafficking and drugs and baby-stealers.
Because there is a change in law coming up in Europe that will allow people more freedom of movement between Romania and Bulgaria and the rest of Europe. The news has been increasing the closer we get to final deadlines and decisions and changes. Roma thieves will swamp Europe. Gypsies from their “Native” Romania (which is just fucking stupid reporting) and Bulgaria will come and take all the benefits. We’ll arrive like a plague of locusts. I’ve read it and seen the news reports.
This is just the latest in a string of ridiculously racist reports. No one has the health of the girl in mind (I mean they haven’t even provided someone who speaks her language for christ’s sake).
Whether or not the girl has been legitimately taken in to the family, they have been declared guilty. The media and police have declared that there is no way a blonde girl can be Roma (despite the fact that she looks Roma and the fact that she speaks Romanes). The media have decided to spout the rhetoric and sensationalize the report - therefore building support for right wing neo-Fascist groups (such as the Golden Dawn) and xenophobic, racist, colonialist governments who say that this is what we Roma do, this is why we should be beaten and burned, and this is why we should be removed from their countries, by force.
Don’t believe everything you read just because some reporter spewed out some racist press release.