Arson attack on Roma families in Hungary —again

Four homes occupied by Roma families in the town of Siófok near Lake Balaton in Hungary were the target of a coordinated Molotov cocktail attack in the early morning hours of March 18. There were no injuries, as only one device actually exploded. The houses were occupied by families with small children. “We have moved out of the house since the attack,” one of the Romani residents said. “We are afraid.” Romani activist Zsolt Németh said the attacks were racially motivated. No serious conflicts between the Roma and the majority population have been noted in the area to date. (Romea, Prague, March 18)

The attempted arson follows a nearly identical attack on a Roma family four days earlier in the Czech Republic.

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