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Ruth Barnett (Holocaust Survivor). <br />
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London, 21/05/2016. Today, Travellers, Gypsies and Roma held a demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament against the British Conservative Government alleged plan to abolish Traveller sites weakening the rights of Gypsies, the Roma Community and Parvees (Irish Travellers). From the 38 Degrees online petition ( http://bit.ly/1ORgP9x ): <<[…] According to the new incarnation of 'gypsy status' that was passed into planning law last year, we will only be classed as Romany Gypsies and Irish, Scottish, English and other Travellers if we 'travel' for work purposes. This has been done by the government to allow councils to artificially reduce the number of Gypsies and Travellers in their area at the stroke of a bureaucrat's pen. There is no cultural or ethnic dimension to 'gypsy status'. Similar to the common racist refrain more often found on online comment threads about us – according to this government, if we don't 'travel' then we can't possibly be Gypsies and Travellers. Already councils are sending out researchers who are trying to get us to fill in forms with detailed and intrusive questions about our 'travelling' habits. If we don’t have 'gypsy status' we may no longer develop and build a Gypsy and Traveller site and we may even lose our place on an existing public or private legal Traveller site. The result will be that many Gypsies and Travellers will be forced back onto the road because they will be made homeless, or to 'prove' their ethnic identity and heritage to retain their homes. […] We see this as a direct attack on our culture and heritage and on our children's futures and their right to define who they are in their own terms. We see it as a racist attack in that it seeks to marginalise us and deny us a rightful and legitimate place in this society. […]>>.<br />
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For more information please click here: http://bit.ly/1U6pswi & http://lgtu.org.uk/
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Ruth Barnett (Holocaust Survivor).

London, 21/05/2016. Today, Travellers, Gypsies and Roma held a demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament against the British Conservative Government alleged plan to abolish Traveller sites weakening the rights of Gypsies, the Roma Community and Parvees (Irish Travellers). From the 38 Degrees online petition ( http://bit.ly/1ORgP9x ): <<[…] According to the new incarnation of 'gypsy status' that was passed into planning law...
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