by Guest Contributor Flavia Dzodan
Estonian Marathon Bans Black Runners
. One of the organizers explained that it was not a racist measure but that “he only wanted to avoid the usual problems with Africans, of which he was warned by some experienced people.”
Thousands of Russian nationalists march in Moscow
. Thousands of far-right nationalists and neo-Nazis marched through Moscow on Friday calling on ethnic Russians to “take back” their country, as resentment grows over dark-complexioned Muslim migrants from Russia’s Caucasus.
Portugal’s Housing Policy for Roma Violates Social Charter
. The European Committee of Social Rights delivered a decision, finding Portugal in violation of the Revised European Social Charter. The committee said that the “continuing precarious housing conditions for a large part of the Roma community, coupled with the fact that the Government has not demonstrated that it has taken sufficient measures to ensure that Roma live in housing conditions that meet minimum standards” was in breach of Portugal’s obligations under the social charter.
Serbian Extremists Join Neo-Nazis in Poland
. Members of the far-right group 1389 are packing brochures on Kosovo and posters titled “Kosovo is Serbia” for their Warsaw trip on November 11 and 12. Every year on the Independence Day of Poland, November 11, extremists organise a march in the streets of Warsaw carrying such slogans as “All of Poland will be white” or “Enough of Jewish occupation.” Anti-fascists, anarchists and other human rights activists also gather in large numbers to oppose them.
Arson attack on mosque in eastern France
. A group calling itself Les Echappees Belles (The Lucky Escapes) claimed responsibility for the incident in tracts left near the mosque. The group – believed to be a group of women loosely influenced by right-wing extremists, had claimed responsibility for setting fire to the mosque’s van in October.
UK Border Agency officials ‘illegally targeting’ bus passengers
. Staff from the UK Border Agency have been “regularly” targeting coaches at bus stations “to prevent undocumented migrants from making use of the public transport network”. However, the practice appears to be illegal, with officials only authorized to examine passengers at air or sea ports.