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NSFW: Photos of Roma teenager beaten and left for dead in shopping trolley make France throw up

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Roma teenager beaten and left for dead in shopping trolley
Has the stigmatization of the Roma community by French government policies encouraged to violence against the community?

Photos of a Roma teenager beaten and left for dead in a shopping trolley on the outskirts of Paris, France has led to the nation soul searching as wide debate has since ensued.

The 16 year old boy, simply known as Darius tell authorities came to be kidnapped by vigilantes from the camp he shared with his Roma family near the northern commuter suburb of Pierrefitte-sur-Seine on the outskirts of Paris.

After kidnapping the youth, captors rang the Roma’s mother from the youth’s cell phone demanding a €12,000 ($16 335 USD) ransom for the safe return of her son. The figure was later reduced to €4,000 ($5400 USD), with the captors warning the mother her son would be hurt if she did not pay the ransom.

Unwilling to cede to the mother’s desperate pleas the gang would take to battering Darius before leaving him for dead in a shopping trolley by the roadside.

The UK’s telegraph who first published the disturbing images reports that a neighbor, a Roma who has been living in the area for several years, later found the boy unconscious in a car park, slumped in a trolley, wearing his red T–shirt and track suit bottoms, his face swollen and bruised.

Rushed to Paris’ Lariboisiere hospital, Darius would be placed in a medically induced coma because of the pain he was experiencing.

Authorities would confirm that Darius had been set upon on Friday night by a ‘dozen masked men on waste ground around Pierrefitte.’

Local prosecutor  Sylvie Moisson has since told Darius was held in a basement by men wearing masks and carrying weapons after he was linked to a burglary.

Calling the attack ‘an act of barbarism’, she said the burglar’s description fitted that of Darius, who was ‘quickly hunted, kidnapped, held, beaten and left to die.’

Roma teenager beaten and left for dead in shopping trolley

French president Francois Hollande said the incident was an ‘unspeakable and unjustifiable attack on all the principles on which our republic was founded’.

In a statement issued by the presidency, Hollande asked ‘that everything be done to find those responsible for this attack.’

In turn, critics said Mr Hollande’s government had stigmatised the Roma.

With France’s Le Monde newspaper telling that the attack was the result of several years of inefficient public policy which maintains the misery of these Roma communities and allows the racism latent in French society to prosper.’

Prime minister Manuel Valls last year insisted that the Roma ‘could not integrate’ and should be sent back to Romania or Bulgaria, even though many are EU citizens.

Charity and human rights groups were furious in April when a leaked police memo called for the ‘systematic eviction’ of Roma from Paris.

A spokesman for Charity group Catholic Help described the note as a ‘scandal’, saying that it ‘stigmatised a poor community’ and amounted to ‘racial profiling.’

Prime Minister Valls has continued a policy started by former president Nicolas Sarkozy of razing Roma camps, and trying to deport as many of their occupants as possible. A course of action that would lead to deep divide in the community and fears that the Romas were ostensibly been demarcated as non humans and worthy of contempt.

In 2011, France’s then Interior Minister Claude Gueant said the notoriously poor and corrupt eastern European states were responsible for exporting some of the most notorious sneak thieves in the world.

It has led to Romanian police arriving in Paris to support their French counterparts in clampdowns on the Roma.

Pursuant to the attack on the Roma teenager, mayor of Pierrefitte-sur-Seine Michel Fourcade said the boy was known to police and had been questioned about robberies at the housing project before.

Days after the attack, the remaining Roma packed up and fled the camp, leaving it abandoned, locals said.

Roma teenager beaten and left for dead in shopping trolley

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  • Jessica Smith

    Of course they packed up and left everyone else to clean up their mess. These people make a living off stealing from other people. I’ve had friends who’ve been robbed by Romas at Paris ATMs. I’ve been scammed by eastern Europeans here in the US. Not sure why this article is suggesting we should pity them. They are nothing but thieves.