“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children” – Far-Right Group C14 Wins Funding From Ukrainian Government

Far-right radical group C14, who are responsible for a string of attacks on the LGBT and Roma community, will receive thousands of dollars in funding from Ukrainian Ministry of Youth and Sport, Hromadske Radio reports.

C14, together with organizations Educational Assembly and Holosiyiv Hideout, won a competition for “national patriotic education projects,” held by the Ministry of Youth and Sport. The winners were announced on June 8 by the commission responsible for the competition, headed by Deputy Minister Mykola Danevych.

https://en.hromadske.ua/posts/far-right-group-c14-wins-funding-from-ukrainian-government

In the attack on May 22, ERRC News reported that a group of masked men armed with guns and bats forced Roma families living near the village of Velyka Berezovytsia Ternopil to flee into the forest, and then set fire to their makeshift dwellings. Shots were fired and three people were injured in the attack. The terrified seven adults and 30 children lost all their property and documents in the arson attack. Doctors at the local hospital were forced to call the police when the injured Roma came under renewed attack as they were being brought in for treatment.

Just a week earlier, in the village of Rudne in the Lviv region, a 30-strong gang of masked men descended upon Roma shacks at 2a.m. on May 10, dragged people out of their beds, beat them and set their homes alight, destroying all their belongings and forcing them to flee. Police and ambulance responders were on the scene, but no arrests were made. The victims’ whereabouts are unknown.

This attack came just 10 days after members of the neo-Nazi paramilitary group C14 filmed themselves carrying out a pogrom in the Lysa Hora nature reserve near Kyiv, where they drove fifteen families from their homes. As reported by ERRC on April 21, a C14 gang, carrying weapons, attacked the Roma. A video posted days later showed whole families with small children fleeing in terror, chased by masked men who hurled stones and sprayed them with gas canisters, before setting their tents ablaze.

What is especially sinister is the evidence of official collusion in each of these attacks. Following the first attack, the prominent C14 member Serhiy Mazur openly boasted on his Facebook page about the successful operation, as the result of collaboration between C14 and the Holosiyiv District Administration.

Prominent C14 member Serhiy Mazur openly boasted on his Facebook page about the successful operation.

The police took no action at first, stated that they had not received any complaints of violence or beatings, and claimed that local representatives and firemen were present during a clean up operation where rubbish left behind by Roma was burned. By April 25, the video footage, eyewitness accounts and media coverage forced the police to announce that a criminal investigation had been initiated.

Concerning the May 10 attack in the village of Rudne, the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHRPG) reported that unknown persons visited the camp days before the attack and warned the Roma to leave. On May 10, the district administration news service announced that municipal workers, police and security “conducted an explanatory operation” with the Roma, after which they left the territory. Accounts from people in the nearby village suggest that police were actively involved in the attack. After being ordered to investigate by the Human Rights Commissioner, the National Police of Lviv region opened a criminal case of hooliganism.

As Jonathan Lee reported in ERRC News, after the third May 22 pogrom, one of the Romani women told our monitor on the ground: “I don’t trust the police. The next day I saw the police officer drinking coffee with one of the guys who attacked our camp.” She added “One of the guys who attacked us threatened to find us even underground if we dare to complain to the police”.

http://www.errc.org/news/anti-roma-pogroms-in-ukraine-on-c14-and-tolerating-terror

On 7 June 2018 Paramilitaries broadcast live pogrom against Roma on Facebook, the fourth in the last six weeks.

Axes and hammers were used by neo-Nazis from the Azov National Militia to perpetrate yet another assault on Romani people in Ukraine.

The organized assault was the fourth of its kind to be committed against Romani people in Ukraine during the last six weeks. The National Militia was created by veterans of the ultra- right Azoz Battalion in January and on 6 June issued an ultimatum, again through Facebook, to these particular Romani people instructing them to vacate their camp within 24 hours.

“When the police don’t act, the National Militia takes control of the situation,” the neo-Nazis posted to the social networking site. The extremists then published a 12-minute video edit of the attack on YouTube.

http://www.romea.cz/en/features-and-commentary/reportage/ukraine-paramilitaries-broadcast-live-pogrom-against-roma-on-facebook-the-fourth-in-the-last-six-weeks#.Wx1lDflPSmz.facebook

Anti- Roma Pogrom in Kiev by Ukrainian Neo- Nazis

UPDATE!
8th June 2018

With Axes and Hammers, Far- Right Vigilantes Destroy Another Romany Camp in Kyiv

The attack was broadcast live on the militia’s Facebook page.
That video, which has since been removed, shows the National Druzhyna members in T-shirts adorned with the group’s insignia hacking at the camp’s makeshift homes with axes and hammers.

At one point, the militia members mock a woman and child fleeing with their belongings, asking if they planned to eat a nearby dog. “I heard you eat dogs,” one of the men says. Later, another belittles a woman trying to collect belongings from the debris by suggesting her actions might be acceptable “in India, but not here.”

25th April 2018

A group of Ukrainian neo-Nazis has forcibly evicted Roma from a camp in Kiev, bragging about the violent pogrom on Facebook. The move was slammed by Amnesty International as Congress voiced concern over Nazism glorification.

The neo-Nazis forced the Roma to flee their camp and then burned some of 15 tents belonging to the Roma, the NGO said. The radicals themselves boasted about their pogrom in a Facebook post and described their actions as “convincing and legal arguments.” They also claimed they “disposed of the litter” left over by the Roma and “safely burnt” their tents, as well as uploaded the photos of the devastated camp to social media.

Footage taken by local activists shows the far-right radicals chasing a group of Roma, which included many children, through the streets of the Ukrainian capital. The video, which was published on YouTube by a local news media outlet, shows the neo-Nazis throwing stones at women and children and using gas canisters against them.

“In the night from April 20 to 21, members of the radical C14 group wreaked havoc in the Roma encampment… in the Goloseevsky district of Kiev,” the Ukrainian office of Amnesty International, the international human rights NGO, said in a statement. The radicals used “gas canisters, bladed weapons and possibly even firearms” in their attack, the statement said, adding that some people, including children, sustained injuries in the incident.

“It is important to understand that anyone could become a target of such attacks: Roma, women, anti-corruption activists, Jews, [members of] the LGBT [community], as well as journalists, artists, students or writers,” Oksana Pokalchuk, the director of the Ukrainian office of Amnesty International, said, commenting on the issue.

Pokalchuk then went on to criticize the Ukrainian authorities for giving the radicals free rein. “No one can now be sure that they will not become the next target of the… radicals, who already got a feeling of impunity,” she said, adding that Ukrainian law enforcement services “remain inactive” in most such cases.

According to the statement, police officers, who arrived at the scene when the radicals already set the camp ablaze, just told the Roma that “everything was burning” and said that they should leave Kiev as soon as possible. Amnesty then called for an “urgent and effective investigation” of the incident, adding that Ukraine has “international obligations” to protect human rights.

Ukrainian authorities have been long turning a blind eye to the actions of various radical groups. In February, members of the same neo-Nazi C14 group stormed the building of the Russian international cultural agency in Kiev. They took a Russian flag from the facility, burned it and spray-painted slogans such as “Death to Russia!” and “Get out!” on the walls inside the building. However, Ukrainian police said at that time that they found “no material damage” resulting from the actions of the radicals.

In January, hundreds of ultranationalist vigilantes marched through Ukraine’s capital, saying that they were ready to use force to impose “Ukrainian order.” They also held a “swearing-in” ceremony in the center of Kiev, during which they vowed to “cleanse” the streets of “the rot like alcoholics and drug addicts.” At that time, police also just looked on.

The C14 is a particularly notorious group of Ukrainian ultranationalist radicals. It was founded back in 2010 and has close ties to the nationalist ‘Svoboda’ (‘Freedom’) party. A US-based Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) has designated it as a paramilitary group that embraces an ideology of “racism” as well as “urban terrorism.”

In February 2018, a group of C14 radicals vandalized a monument to the Soviet soldiers who fought against the Nazis in the World War Two. The extremists destroyed the inscription, which said: “To those who defeated Nazism.”

The group has been involved in dozens of violent confrontations in Ukraine. Two of its members are suspected by Ukrainian investigators of murdering prominent Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzina in April 2015, the Ukrainian media reports.

The rise of neo-Nazism in Ukraine has recently provoked concerns in Washington. A bipartisan group of 57 US Congress members led by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-California) and David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) sent an open letter to the acting US Secretary of State John Sullivan, particularly asking him to “exert diplomatic pressure on Ukraine” over what they called “recent incidents of state-sponsored Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.”

The members of the Congress drew attention to the fact that Ukrainian authorities openly pursue a policy of “glorifying Nazi collaborators, including Stepan Bandera, Roman Shukhevych and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) as well as the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA),” adding that “these paramilitaries and individuals … bear responsibility for the murder of thousands of Jews, 70,000-100,000 Poles, and other ethnic minorities between 1941 and 1945.”

https://www.rt.com/news/425153-ukraine-neo-nazis-roma/

Antiromaistischer Pogrom in Gheorgheni/Rumänien 31.3.2017

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Nach noch nicht gesicherten Informationen ist es gestern Abend (31.3.17) in der rumänischen Stadt Gheorgheni (Gyergyószentmiklos/Niklasmarkt) zu einem Pogrom gegen Angehörige der örtlichen Rom_njabevölkerung gekommen.

Eine Gruppe von ethnischen Ungarn hat eine Hütte, die von mehreren Roma_nja bewohnt wird, angezündet. Es ist die Rede von mehr als 150 Personen, vor dem brennenden Haus müssen Fotos nach zu urteilen mehrere hundert Menschen versammelt gewesen sein. Es gibt direkt vom Geschehen bisher keine Fotos oder Aufnahmen, was auch daran liegt, dass die Presse daran gehindert wurde. Die Gruppe zog weiterhin zu anderen in Gheorgheni und den umliegenden Gemeinden lebenden Rom_njafamilien in der Stadt, bedrohten sie und verwüsteten oder zerstörten teilweise weitere Hütten. An dem Eintritt in die größte lokale Siedlung wurden sie von Sondereinsatzkräften gehin-dert. Die Menschen der betroffenen Gegend konnten die gesamte Nacht nicht schlafen, leben seitdem in Angst und werden von der Polizei bewacht.

Source: Antiromaistischer Pogrom in Gheorgheni/Rumänien 31.3.2017

„Let`s go into the Gypsy neighborhood“ Update: “Brothers, Help Us!”

ANTI-ROMA POGROM IN BULGARIA

Picture: Focus Information Agency
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In Bulgaria`s capital Sofia began Saturday evening an attack against Roma people in the „Orlandovtsi“ neighborhood. Over 200 people gathered Sunday at the community center, carrying bulgarian Flags and poles and chanted „Let`s go into the Gypsy neighborhood.“ The rally against Roma people will be continued today (Bulgaria-News).

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Picture: bulgaria-news.bg

According to Sofia News Agency a fight between Bulgarian and Romani youths over loud music on Saturday evening, which had left six people injured and two detained led to the pogrom on Sunday (Focus Information Agency).

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Picture: novinite.com. Police and Gendarmes are highly present in the neighborhood.

A lot of football fans joined the pogrom against Roma, some of them carrying bats, while Roma had gathered in the neighborhood armed with whatever was at their disposal in order to protect themselves against the thugs (Sofia News Agency).

The Bulgarian „demontrators“ shouted „Bulgarians heroes“ and „Gypsies into soap.“ They are complaining against so called „gypsy criminality“ and think that they have the right to invade the Roma neighborhood and to physically attack the Roma people.

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Picture: standartnews.com. One person was hit with an ax. His condition is not serious.

See also: Video: „Bulgaria anti Roma Protest rally Razmirici Varna Katunica Bulgarians clash with the police“, 25.05.15, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2rfjac.

UPDATE: “BROTHERS, HELP US!” ANGER, FEAR AND INSECURITY AMONG ROMA IN BULGARIA http://freeroma.wix.com/freeroma#!Brothers-Help-Us-Anger-Fear-and-Insecurity-among-Roma-in-Bulgaria/cmbz/5587c0250cf25bae5cacae1e

Source:
http://www.standartnews.com/regionalni/edin_ranen_v_getoto_pod_obsada-288875.html (15.06.15)