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8th November 2011

#Chain 20 – Racism against Roma in Europe – right to reply by Georgi Kovachev – Contact

I read the article with interest, but I would, however, disagree with it.
Firstly, the demonstrations were aimed at the corruption on local level and the double standard of implementing the law. The man, that became the reason thereof, simply happened to be a so-called Roma. Actually, he is a real criminal with seven sentences for criminal activities prior to 1989, that total 30 years. Then, back in 1993, he was sentenced to imprisonment for producing liqueur illegally (126 tons of spirits, 200,000 bottles of liqueur and 14 illegal machines for its production). He got out of prison for $10,000 only!Three of his subordinates are reported to have been behind two explosions of reputed national newspapers in 1998. It is also claimed that he is behind the killing of a 19-year old in September this year, wherefrom the demonstrations started.
Yes, it is true that there had been slogans like: ‘Turn Roma into soap!’, but the unrest was mainly directed against the so-called local feudal lords who used to bribe the necessary people of the law-enforcing bodies and live like untouchables. This representative of the Roma ethnic group is one of those. Fortunately, things are improving in my opinion, and the outburst of civil conscience will make the relevant authorities start performing their duties. Now charges are brought against him, as per my knowledge, for threating to kill people, and for failing to pay local taxes and duties.
Secondly, the demonstration had been started by the local people, and subsequently backed by other groups including ‘the extreme-right’ through, mainly, the social networks. And not vice versa.
Thirdly, why do you think France forced people of this ethnic group from Romania and Bulgaria to leave the country earlier this year, I think, that was subsequently criticised by the EC (the European Commission)? Would it do so if they worked and contributed to the society’s benefit? Let me give an example from Bulgaria. Prior to the privatisation of the electricity distributing companies, this ethnic group as whole did not pay for the consumed electricity. The inspectors, that had to check the metering devices, received threats, and they refused to do their work in the areas populated with people from this group. This was valid for the whole country, not for isolated areas. And, because our country is a social one (not to say ‘socialist’) the whole society paid their bills, and, though there had been no demonstrations, there was a negative proneness towards their group as a whole. Later on, after the privatisation of the these companies, all non-paying subscribers were cut out, and only then they started fulfilling their duties.
I am really sorry for the working and honest people from their group, who suffer mostly, but generally they produce, and ‘produce’ is the proper verb, illeterate children, who later become criminals. As a rule, they live on social benefits. An ordinary family of theirs has 4-6 children, and it gets about 50% more in payments from social benefits than an average worker from his salary. They live very poorly; would not start a normal job, but rather prefer to make children and live on social benefits. Why haven’t I seen Bulgarian beggars on our streets, but only Roman ones.
Recently, however, the Government adopted rules whereby they are getting no social benefits if their children do not go to school or they do not work of public benefit, which I approve very much. But that happened only recetly. All the governments up to this one only injected money for social benefits. And Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU.
This is a very complicated matter and the last post does not actually reflect the truth.

I would be happy, however, to do more translations for you when I have time, but I would rather not translate this one.

If you have any comments, I will gladly respond.


Kind regards, 

Georgi Kovachev 

PS I would something add to that paragraph referring to why the previous governments funded the social benefits programmes: because this ethnic group is the cheapest to bribe and manipulate, i.e. the cheapest voters ever (until recent years only for a couple of meat balls or about 15 EUR you could get their vote and this is a public secret, though the Ministry of the Interior started arresting people for this actiivty during the last elections for president and local authorities).

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16th November 2011 – Type of query – general

From Soltxu FC – Dublin, Ireland

Comment: Just a little tiny comment, I don’t mean to be too “sensitive”… but, Is just that I find a little distracting for a web like this, who support causes, who wants to defend the voice of the mute and spread good initiatives… to have advertisment from McDonalds!??? McDonalds?? really?…

Have a great day!!!

Reply:

You really do have a point Sol! We chose WordPress mainly due to the fact that without financial backing it was the only way to launch our project. We are aware that a lot of “biggies” on the net fund such sites with advertising. Saying that it is usually smart content related advertising. What Ronald has got to do with translators giving their time to causes is beyond us!

They (WordPress) will be receiving a disgruntled Chain! In the meantime we are open to offers of other ways of hosting our project.

Samantha

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In response to # Chain 34 – Russia’s rigged vote!

Unfortunately, people in Serbia had this same situation in parliamentary elections in 2000. and there were huge protests all over the country. Luckily, we manage to prove that elections were rigged, so communist reign was over. Today, European Commission didn’t approve Serbia to become a candidate for joining EU, so that speaks for itself about our new government. So, this story has a special meaning for me. I think it’s great that TGTC wants to spread this story.

Best regards,

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