Miskolc removes Roma population

Miskolc, a traditionally industrial and working-class city of 163,000 residents situated in northeastern Hungary, is evicting much of its Roma population. The official explanation refers to a petition apparently signed by some 35,000 residents, in support of razing one of the city’s rundown and largely Roma-populated neighbourhoods, which will become the site of a new stadium. Those who pay close attention to Hungarian politics will know that stadium-construction (and the forced resurrection of the country’s long-gone soccer ‘fame’) has been at the top of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s agenda for over four years. But in Miskolc, the petition and plans to construct a stadium are being used to “cleanse” the city of both the Roma, as well as poverty-stricken residents. While local officials are quick to point out that each displaced person will receive 2 million forints in compensation, this subvention is not to be used towards the purchase of new property in Miskolc, but rather to help evicted locals leave town as quickly as possible, and settle elsewhere.

The part of Miskolc at the centre of the mass evictions is known for its numbered streets. Borsod Online reported that on Miskolc’s Fifth Avenue, piles of discarded furniture, garbage bags full of personal documents and clothing were standing in heaps in front of one of the houses. One of the residents, Mrs. József Szamkó, was crying as she carried her belongings from her condemned home out onto the streets. She happened to be in an adult high school class, when they told her to go home, as the bailiff was about to enforce her eviction order. Mrs. Szamkó noted that she had paid all of her oustanding debts in 2011 (albeit after the deadline) and added that she, as well as her three children will now become homeless.

Evictions in Miskolc. Photo: miskolc.hu

Evictions in Miskolc. Photo: miskolc.hu

Local Gypsy Council representative Gábor Váradi noted that this eviction forms part of a larger effort to demolish the primarily Roma neighbourhood. Mr. Váradi believes that these very public and dramatic evictions are meant to pressure neighbours of people like Mrs. Szamkó to accept the 2 milliom forint “pay-out” and leave town without protest. Mr. Váradi pointed out that based on a motion passed by Miskolc City Council in May, those evicted will only receive the 2 million forints if they agree not to attempt to purchase property anywhere within Miskolc’s city limits.

János Kiss, the representative of Fidesz-KDNP’s local Miskolc caucus, noted that authorities could not dismiss the wish of the 35,000 locals who signed a petition calling for the demolition of the city’s Roma slums.

When journalists asked Mr. Kiss about why the evicted Roma residents could not use their pay-out towards towards the purchase of property in Miskolc, the government politician asserted that none of them have requested thus far to stay in town.

Yet whether local Roma will even receive the modest compensation package (which amounts to less than $10,000) remains to be seen, as an opposition politician affiliated with the Democratic Coalition (DK) noted that the city’s 2014 budget has no line item for these pay-outs.

If the evictions go ahead, the Roma neighbourhood will be demolished and the land paved, in order to turn it into the new stadium’s sprawling parking lot.

2 Comments

  1. Curious as to where the funding for the payouts is coming from.

  2. Where the payouts is coming from?

    That’s not for public. In my guessing possibly from D. Rockefeller and and B. Gates through the Rockefeller Population Council and the Gates and Melinda Foundation through the supervision of Soros who practically can keep his hands on Orban.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClqUcScwnn8

    This payout is a much too generous solution even if it is a scam, but it might as well be a rehearsal for a grater plan. We also need to ask who will pocket the money in the end.

    I am sorry to say, but considering that Hungary became a guinea pig for medical, social, and population control experiments, the racist, discriminative, and antisemitic Hungarians had better wake up to reality and instead of rejoicing over their pathetic “success” they should think about who will be the next.

    And what about the fast growing number of stadiums? What efforts does it take to turn stadiums into concentration camps herding masses into them where even the whole population of a smaller town can be held under surveillance by a few militants? You see, how many new stadiums are being built in haste in times when practically there is no Hungarian soccer at all.

    Only my guessing……… might not be totally baseless.

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