[Marxism] Nativism continues unabated
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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
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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
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