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Roma and Travellers remember Holocaust

Issue No. 2415

Roma people, Travellers and their supporters gathered in Hyde Park, central London, on Saturday of last week to remember Roma murdered during the Holocaust.

The memorial was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the murder of 3,000 Roma inmates of the “Gypsy Camp” at Auschwitz.

Valdemar Kalinin, chair of the Gypsy Council, spoke of losing two of his own family to SS troops.

Travellers’ rights campaigner Grattan Puxon paid tribute to the 6,000 Roma who carried out the biggest uprising in any death camp.

He said, “Armed with shovels, sticks, stones and their bare hands they successfully fought off the SS guards.

“That victory of 16 May 1944, brief as it was, gives us the courage and the duty to carry on the anti-fascist fight today.”

Closing the memorial Valdemar asked for a minutes silence for the Roma and Jews killed in the Holocaust—and for the people dying in Palestine and Ukraine today.


Bolton opposes the Nazis

Hundreds of anti-fascists turned out to oppose a protest by Nazi splinter group North West Infidels (NWI) in Bolton on Saturday of last week.

Unite Against Fascism, Bolton Trades Council and Bolton Against Racism called the protest after the racists said they would protest against a mosque being extended.

People from the mosque and other locals took to the streets, outnumbering the rump of NWI who were bussed into the area in a coach.


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Tue 5 Aug 2014, 19:21 BST
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