[Marxism] Nativism continues unabated

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jul 28 12:58:37 MDT 2010

Police beef up presence on Staten Island after attacks on Mexicans
By Logan Burruss and Ashley Vaughan, CNN

New York (CNN) -- New York police have stepped up patrols in a 
Staten Island neighborhood after a string of attacks on Mexican 
nationals, authorities say.

The attacks -- 10 since April -- are being investigated as 
"anti-Mexican assault cases," said Inspector Michael Osgood, head 
of the New York Police Department's Hate Crimes Task Force. The 
victims have all been Mexican males, police said.

In all but one case, the assailants were described as 
African-American, police Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told CNN 
Wednesday. The victims typically have been beaten while assailants 
yelled racial slurs at them, he said.

Although the incidents vary, weapons -- including blunt objects, 
baseball bats and, in one case, a Razor scooter -- were used, 
police said. The assaults have resulted in multiple 
hospitalizations, authorities said. Browne said some victims were 
knocked unconscious. Five of the 10 were robbed, police said.

In the most recent attack, on Saturday, a 32-year-old man was 
struck in the chest with a baseball bat, knocking him to the 
ground, said police Sgt. Carlos Nieves. His assailants then kicked 
him in the face, Nieves said. The man was taken to a hospital, 
where he received 12 stitches across the left side of his face.

A total of eight people have been arrested in connection with 
three of the incidents, Browne said. In two of the three, the 
perpetrators are believed to be the same, a man and a woman, he 
said. The suspects range in age from 14 through the early 20s.

"We have increased patrols in the area," Police Commissioner Ray 
Kelly told reporters on Tuesday. "We're meeting with community 
people. We're meeting with our own officers internally, making 
sure we're doing everything we can do to prevent attacks such as this.

"We're concerned about it. We're not going to tolerate it. We're 
taking proactive measures to see to it that if it does happen, 
we're going to make an arrest very quickly."

Kelly met Tuesday with Ruben Beltran, Mexico's consul general in 
New York, said Beltran spokesman Julio Garcia.

A coalition of community organizations, elected officials and 
government agencies has launched a new initiative, I Am Staten 
Island, and a website, www.iamsi.info.

"This campaign was inspired by the spate of bias attacks that have 
taken place on Staten Island this year," the website says. 
"Initially, we thought that these were isolated, random incidents, 
but that no longer appears to be the case. Something very serious 
is happening on the island, and it is going to take a 
comprehensive response from the entire Staten Island community to 
address this challenge."

However, some community leaders have expressed doubt that whether 
the incidents were truly motivated by race. In two cases where 
arrests have been made, Staten Island grand juries have declined 
to indict the suspects on hate crime charges.

The victims might be undocumented and could be seen as competitors 
for scarce jobs, said Edward Josey, president of the Staten Island 
NAACP. "When the economy is bad and when jobs disappear, people 
get edgy," he said.

Meanwhile, Fernando Mateo, president of Hispanics Across America, 
said the incidents may be robberies, not hate crimes.

"Some of these cases are not racially motivated," he said. 
"They're motivated by people wanting to rob other people. When 
you're robbing someone, you might say slur words."

Browne said that usually, about 300 uniformed officers are 
stationed in the area. That number has been increased by about 
100, he said. Kelly told reporters plainclothes officers might 
also be an option.

The Guardian Angels have also begun patrolling the Port Richmond 
neighborhood. Curtis Sliwa, president and founder of the volunteer 
group, said members began patrolling Monday and will continue "as 
long as needed."

"We welcome additional eyes and ears, whoever we can get," Kelly said.

Sliwa said his group's presence was requested by the Staten Island 
district attorney's office. The group, whose mission is to help 
prevent street violence and protect public safety, began patrols 
on Richmond Avenue Monday evening.

Hispanics Across America is offering a $5,000 reward for 
information on the assaults. A march is planned in Port Richmond 
Wednesday night by the nonprofit, primarily Latino group Make The 
Road New York.


NY Times July 28, 2010
Sarkozy Orders Illegal Roma Immigrants Expelled

Filed at 2:35 p.m. ET

SAINT OUEN, France (AP) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy on 
Wednesday ordered authorities to expel gypsy illegal immigrants 
and dismantle their camps, amid accusations that his government is 
acting racist in its treatment of the group known as Roma.

Sarkozy called a government meeting Wednesday after Roma clashed 
with police this month after the shooting death of a gypsy youth 
fleeing officers in the Loire Valley.

Sarkozy said those responsible for the clashes would be ''severely 
punished'' and ordered the government to expel all illegal Roma 
immigrants, almost all of whom have come from eastern Europe.

He pushed for a change in France's immigration law to make such 
expulsion easier ''for reasons of public order.'' He said illegal 
gypsy camps ''will be systematically evacuated,'' calling them 
sources of trafficking, exploitation of children and prostitution.

French Roma representatives were not invited to Wednesday's 
presidential meeting, which included the interior, justice and 
immigration ministers and top police officials.

Community leaders contend the very principle of the meeting -- 
which singled out an ethnic group in a country that is officially 
blind to ethnic origins -- is racist and warn of grave 
consequences if their side isn't heard. France's government does 
not count how many of its citizens are of a certain ethnicity; 
everyone is simply considered French.

''Today ... I am afraid we're preparing to open a blighted page in 
the history of France, which could sadly lead to acts of reprisal 
in the days ahead,'' said lawyer Henri Braun said at a Wednesday 
news conference by French Roma leaders. ''There is a huge problem 
of racism in France towards this population, there is enormous 

France has two main populations often termed gypsies. One, known 
as ''traveling folk,'' includes several hundred thousand French 
citizens who have lived in France for centuries, and were 
traditionally nomadic but have become increasingly sedentary in 
recent years. The others are recent immigrants who come mostly 
from Eastern European countries like Romania and Bulgaria, usually 
illegally, and are often seen begging on the streets of French cities.

Those in the more established communities say they are being 
unfairly lumped together with illegal new immigrants.

Alice Januel, whose organization represents Catholics among the 
French Roma, warned that ''If Mr. Sarkozy thinks that by clamping 
down he is going to calm the youth, I don't think that he will 
succeed. We have a youth that is rebellious.''

Sarkozy also proposed that France bring in about 20 Romanian and 
Bulgarian police to work in the Paris region and send French 
police to Romania and Bulgaria, to help fight trafficking and 
other crime by Roma.


Associated Press writer Cecile Brisson in Paris contributed to 
this report.

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