EGAM holds the first European commemoration on the site of the Lety Roma concentration camp www.egam.eu
50 top European antiracist and Roma leaders from 18 countries held yesterday this commemoration to honor the memory of the victims.
This memory is spoiled by the existence of a pig farm on the place where hundreds of Roma perished because they were Roma.
“We are here to restore the dignity of the victims and the descendants of the survivors. The assault on the memory of the extermination of the Roma, which is represented by the presence of a pig factory on the site of the former concentration camp at Lety, reminds us of the discrimination and racist persecution of the Roma people in Europe that still persists to this day. This commemoration is a first step towards a wider mobilization. Let’s get mobilized again on August 2nd to commemorate the Roma holocaust.” said Benjamin Abtan, President of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement – EGAM
“This is a key support for us. This location is a dark mark on the face of Europe. It is our duty to honor the victims of the genocide with dignity to ensure the enjoyment of equal rights for Roma citizens for today” said Miroslav Broz, President of Konexe.
Today, the delegation is welcomed by the Roma community in the Usti ghetto.
On October 5th, EGAM will launch and coordinate the 4th edition of the Roma Pride, simultaneously in more than 15 countries.