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Activists march against discrimination in Romania November 10, 2006

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BUCHAREST, Romania: About 200 activists marched Friday through the downtown of the Romanian capital to protest discrimination based on race, disabilities, gender or sexual orientation.

Participants — including human rights supporters, media freedom activists and anarchists — carried banners reading “All different, all equal.”

They also commemorated victims of Nazi persecution, with marchers stopping at a the site of a monument for Holocaust victims.

“Romania needs to take responsibility for the crimes committed 60 years ago … We don’t see this in history books,” said Razvan Martin, one of the organizers.

Romania’s wartime pro-Nazi government, led by Marshal Ion Antonescu, was responsible for the deaths of 280,000-380,000 Jews and more than 11,000 Gypsies, or Roma.

After decades of denial about the country’s role in the Holocaust, Romania’s government took responsibility for the crimes in 2004 and pledged to educate citizens about them.

Demonstrators also read a manifest calling for respect for minorities.

“There is still enormous discrimination and marginalization about Roma and homosexuals in Romania,” Martin said.

Police stopped about 30 people, apparently radical soccer fans, who tried to halt the march.

Source: iht.com

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