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    PRAGUE — A man armed with a submachine gun and two handguns killed six members of a Roma family in their apartment house in the Slovak capital, Bratislava, on Monday, and then, firing wildly as he tried to evade the police surrounding the building, killed another person and wounded 15 more before fatally shooting himself, police and government officials said.

    Among the wounded was a police officer who was shot in the head.

    The killings shook the country and resonated with Europe’s growing xenophobia against Roma, or Gypsies.

    While the police in Bratislava said that the gunman’s identity and motives were still being investigated, relatives and neighbors of the victims said the killer lived in the same apartment building, often railed against the Roma, and had accused the family of dealing drugs and otherwise disturbing the peace.

    In a video interview with the victims’ family members posted on the Web site of SME, a leading Slovak daily, one young Roma woman, identifying herself as a granddaughter of one of those killed, said she believed the crime had been fueled by racism. “He’d always been very hostile to colored people and hated us,” she said. “He picked on us all the time.”

    SME ran a photo of the killer taken by a witness from a balcony, showing a gray-haired man wearing a denim jacket and ear muffs and carrying an assault weapon. The Slovak news media identified him a former soldier.

    In France, French police in recent weeks have been dismantling Roma camps and deporting Roma living illegally in France to Bulgaria and Romania, prompting accusations of ethnic discrimination.

    Clashes with Roma have also been intensifying in other countries in Eastern Europe and in Italy. In Hungary, at least seven Roma have been killed in the last two and a half years, and Roma leaders have counted about 30 firebomb attacks.

    In Slovakia, a small, predominantly Catholic country where about 380,000 Roma eke out an existence on the fringes of society, anti-Roma demonstrations have been held repeatedly since late last summer, when two Roma badly injured a man in a robbery in the east.

    Martina Kovacova contributed reporting in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Hana Kurova from Prague.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/world/europe/31slovak.html?_r=1&ref=slovakia

    #353523

    Anonymous

    I consider this only as natural reaction and human instinct to outside threat. Nothing more.

    #353524

    Anonymous

    Because the surename of the shooter is/was Harman, a new language expresion have been instaled in our language – HARMANISATION. It means solution of gypsie question. And so one day, the day when Slovaks will say  – "enough" – we will harmanisate the gypsies.

    #353525

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    Because the surename of the shooter is/was Harman, a new language expresion have been instaled in our language – HARMANISATION. It means solution of gypsie question. And so one day, the day when Slovaks will say  – "enough" – we will harmanisate the gypsies.

    Hope huns too… But here problem is difficult…jews…

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