Doras Luimní slams anti-Roma attacks

Doras Luimní slams anti-Roma attacks

first_imgNewsDoras Luimní slams anti-Roma attacksBy John Keogh – October 29, 2014 821 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Linkedin Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Email Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDoras LuimníHate CrimeKaren McHughlimerickracismRoma community Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” MID West migrant rights organisation Doras Luimní has condemned the recent attacks on members of the Roma community in Waterford, describing the confrontation as an act of “racially-motivated intimidation against a vulnerable group”.The organisation’s chief executive, Karen McHugh, said: “The situation in Waterford has been escalating over the past number of weeks with hate speech being directed at the Roma community via social media. We can see an obvious correlation between this online hate speech and the subsequent incident that occurred on Saturday evening.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Ms McHugh, there is “an urgent need” for the introduction of measures to combat increasing online hate speech in Ireland, “which can clearly lead to organised violence and intimidation”.“We encourage everyone to record and report all forms of racism, including online racist language to An Garda Síochána and on ireport.ie (a racism reporting site). We would also encourage people to challenge the widespread misinformation about migrants and minority groups that is often perpetuated online,” added Ms McHugh.The incident in Waterford saw a number of families, including young children and elderly people, evacuated from their homes in the city after more than 60 people gathered outside chanting anti-Roma slogans.It was also reported that windows were smashed and the door of one of the houses was kicked in.Doras Luimní  says the Roma community are stereotyped as organised criminals “because of the alleged criminal activity of a small number of people”.The organisation is running an ongoing anti-rumours campaign in the region, which aims to “counter the negative perceptions about migrants and minority groups, such as the stereotypes that have been perpetuated about the Roma community”. Print Previous articleTricks and Treats Beauty Night for ChildlineNext articleExcitement building for new school John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img

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