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Flowers to „Flower” Street – flower power in Sajókaza and in Athens

2009.07.13. Categorized: Uncategorized   

ParkThis will be the park at the Gipsy settlement. Even Daróczi Ági is on the point of planting there. There are plenty of children - there will be a playground as well. The authorities, the power used to dream landfill there for industrial waste, post-industrial garbage and dangerous junk. They did it. Aftermath it seemed to be a good idea if it would do as a Gipsy settlement. The mine and the government had created one of the country’s largest slums here on top of waste material. The authorities, the power liked it. Newer and newer families have been to move there because they haven’t got work, they haven’t got incomes. They have no housing benefit from the government. The flowers began to bloom just here.

But how the village-women’s park gets into the commercial television channel in prime time evening? These women have became famous. They showed up in front of a million tv spectators, and they revealed the dreadful power of the electricity company. They stood for their rights to get prepaid electricity meters with chip. The public of Budapest Film Festival created a human rights movement for their sake.

Get the Flash Player to see this player. The Gipsies’ park is as famous as the illegal park in the corner of Pigis, Navarinou, Trikoupi and Tsavella streets. Our sibling park in Athens is a guerilla park, because the authorities, the power did not want it (see it the video right). A little green park was written in the long term urban arranging plans but the concrete paved car park fetches profit. The children’s, the elderlies’, the local residents’ viewpoints are indifferent. The power of money and the money of the power will gradually dominate everything.

Street tableAt Santa Claus’s day last year, (by accident on the 53. anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar’s death) in the neighbouring corner the police shot a 15 year-old-boy. Young persons protested during weeks in Europe so that the power shouldn’t wade over people. The local residents felt that Alex’s memory stimulated them that they gain their possessi back from the power. The street was renamed onto the memory of the shot boy. The concrete of the car park broken into pieces in spring, and people planted trees, flowers and they made a playground on the place of the concrete car park. Everybody laughed at the Greek policemen ready for action: these trees, flowers, this playground are the adversary of the combat squads’ in helmet.

Get the Flash Player to see this player. Here in Sajokaza we don’t need „Hungarian policeman ready for action” (name of a police trade union comprising 15% of Hungarian policemen and allied with „Jobbik” extremist racist anti-gipsy right wing political party). It would be sufficient to have some friends ready for action. Anna Arvanitaki and Hatto Fischer, themselves among the constructors of the Athens park are our friends. Now we are to report from playground of Sólyom settlement of Gipsies (see the video right). Next our initiation of Sajokaza: playground bars, swing, sandpit and slide. Could you give us a hand?

Sandpit building on 17-18. 2009 at Sólyom slum settlement in Sajókaza. Alfa College’s students arrived from Groningen in Netherland build a sandpit.


1 | Sz.

August 2nd, 2009, 11:52 am

Maybe some more Dutch help is available…


2 | Ashwin

August 11th, 2009, 5:46 pm

Good work

3 | Pardeep S Attri

August 27th, 2009, 8:22 pm

Nice to know something good happening for Roma’s cause..

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Our Inspiration 1st Part

Our Inspiration (1st Part)
Jai Bhim is a cheerful greeting. Ten million Indians greet each other in this manner. They're the Dalits who are a proud community. They inherited an extremely difficult life. Their parents and grandparents and untold generations before them were outcasts in society. Even today they still encounter prejudice and experience helplessness.
For more than a millenium their ancestors lived as outcasts. People had a horror of touching them. Others even avoided being in their proximity as their shadow was considered polluting. If they went to school they were seated separately, If they were able to obtain work they did the dirtiest and lowest paid jobs.

Our Inspiration 2nd Part

Our Inspiration (2nd Part)
With their greeting of Jai Bhim they remind each other of their own successful revolution in 1956 for their human rights. Their cause is sacred. It inspires us here in Hungary, as we also face segregation and prejudice today. We would like to know discrimination is a thing of the past.
The dalit's story is like a fairy tale.

Our Inspiration 3rd Part

Our Inspiration (3rd Part)
Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there lived a seventeen year old untouchable boy in a big family, His name was Bhim. He was the youngest child among 14 siblings. He surpassed all of them because of his brilliant mind. A wealthy maharaj acknowledged his poverty and bestowed a scholarship on him. Bhim was aware that Indian schools were being discriminatory and practiced segregation. Therefore, he tried his fortune in London and New York where he achieved university degrees. He received the title Dr. Ambedkar when he returned home to serve his people as a barrister.

Our Inspiration 4th Part

Our Inspiration (4th Part)
Nevertheless, he was considered as an untouchable in accordance with the holy books of the Hindu religion. Therefore, he convened with his friends and publicly burned Manu's Laws, the Hindu holy script which bids the Hindu to hold the Untouchable in disdain. He became a human right fighter and his authority was constantly growing throughout the whole country. When India gained independence in 1947 he was nominated as law minister. He was entrusted with drafting the Constitution for the country. He wrote in it that discrimination is forbidden.

Our Inspiration 5th Part

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In his old age the Dalit people addressed him with veneration as Dr. Babasaheb. He and his laws, however respected they were, he still stared frustratedly at the discrimination existing all over the country. He decided then to show the people a spiritual alternative. As our judgment is determined by our faith, he took an oath: "I was born a Hindu Untouchable. It was beyond my power to prevent that but I declare that it is within my power to refuse to live under ignoble and humiliating conditions. I solemnly assure you that I will not die a Hindu". He abjured hindu religion that had brought so much suffering and humiliation to the Untouchable people (today's Dalits).

Our Inspiration 6th Part

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He studied thoroughly all the faiths of the world. He was seeking a religion which fitted together with reason, with modern science, and which declared liberty, fraternity and equality amongst people. He decided to follow the path of the Indian prince who lived 2500 years ago: he would be a follower of the Buddha. This was a decision of profound importance for the Dalits because the Buddha is venerated thoughout the world, and India is entitled to take pride in her great son. Dr. Ambedkar showed his astuteness: all of us can choose the way to be respected, we can change our fate for the better. Hundreds of thousands followed Ambedkar to the magnificent ceremony in Nagpur in October 1956. This was the rebirth of Buddhism in India. Babasaheb died six weeks later.

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Those who at that time embraced a new world view with him, they are today grandfathers and grandmothers. Their grandchildren are as numerous as the whole population of Hungary. They follow Ambedkar's example: they face even the biggest difficulties in all things - to study and to exercise their human rights.

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  • Ashwin Jangam: Struggle for liberation of Mulnivasis When freedom struggle of our country was going on, we were dual slaves. The Arya Brahmin
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