The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Greece and Ireland:
Authorities Stoke the Fire of Racism

Oct 28, 2013

Greek police took a four-year-old girl away from her parents, “on suspicion of child abduction.” The evidence? Well, the parents were Roma (also known as Gypsies), and Maria, the child, was ... blonde!

Calling Maria “the blond angel,” the news media fanned the flames of a racist mass frenzy against the “dark” Roma people. All the way across Europe, in Ireland, dozens of cops, flanked by “child welfare” officials, raided Roma homes. A seven-year-old blonde girl in Dublin and a two-year-old blond boy in Athlone were taken away from their parents.

Soon enough, Greek and Irish authorities proved themselves to be the real child abductors. DNA tests showed that all three children are Roma. The two children in Ireland are also the biological offspring of the parents they were taken away from.

Maria in Greece was adopted from a Roma family that was too poor to care for her. Such adoptions are apparently common among Roma people, many of whom are condemned to poverty because European governments don’t allow them to work legally.

It’s not that Greek authorities did not know all this before they raided Roma homes and jailed Maria’s adoptive parents. But they, like the Irish authorities, chose to publicly scapegoat Roma people–a group of immigrants that the authorities themselves help marginalize and impoverish.