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Through original multi-format documentary reportage and an interface (coming soon) designed to compare information by source, we hope to empower independent media and independent voices to help the critical issues of our time engage new audiences and find new solutions. en The Sound of Barking Dogs: The Eviction of the Roma from Belville http://newsmotion.org/story-en/sound-barking-dogs-eviction-roma-belville-2 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-slider-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_slider_image" width="1280" height="852" alt="" src="http://newsmotion.org/sites/default/files/lutton_belgrade_01.JPG?1347034535" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Sound of Barking Dogs: The Eviction of the Roma from Belville </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-newsmotion-synch"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belgrade OR Serbia OR Roma OR Evict OR gypsy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 12/07/2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Matt Lutton and Darko Stanimirović document how a Roma camp is evicted by Belgrade city authorities in the name of progres. But the solution may be no better than the problem, as displaced residents end up in container housing far from downtown. Thanks to the European Roma Rights Center in Budapest for its support of this story.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-text"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Photographs by Matt Lutton, Audio by Darko Stanimirović<br /> Text by Alan Chin<br /><br /> Special thanks to the European Roma Rights Center in Budapest for its support of this story<br /><br /></p><p>“Look at me. I am capable of providing food for my family, as I have done so far. They never lacked a meal; kids always had a juice, a chocolate, but look where they took us now. There is <em>nothing</em> around here, nothing!<br /><br /></p><p>Where do I earn money? They say they will help us with food, but I don't want charity. I never took charity in my life, because I could provide everything by myself. Now, it is simply impossible...”<br /><br /></p><p>So said a young Roma man in his mid-twenties who didn’t want his name to be used, after he was forcibly displaced to Jabučki Rit -- a place so isolated and far from his former downtown Belgrade life that it seemed almost surreal to call it home.<br /><br /></p><p>According to the last census, there are about a hundred thousand Roma that live in Serbia, but unofficially there may be four or five times as many, mostly in illegal settlements and shantytowns. Targets of racist discrimination and the resulting poverty, the Roma have struggles that are well documented, and sadly persistent. Many in Belgrade eke out an income by rag picking and recycling the garbage and discarded belongings of the more affluent.<br /><br /></p><p>Belville was one such camp, home to over 250 families after many of them were evicted in 2009 from a similar community in Gazela less than a mile away. Belville is in Novi Beograd (New Belgrade), across the river from the old capital. Originally developed during the halcyon days of Tito’s Yugoslavia in the Sixties, the neighborhood was envisioned as a modern sector of gleaming government buildings, high-rise apartments, and broad avenues. More recently, Miroslav Mišković, the second richest man in Serbia, built a huge residential and commercial complex next door.<br /><br /></p><p>The Roma were uncertain who owns the land; some of it is public, some private, but that wasn’t discussed. More pressing is a European Union funded infrastructure project to build a new bridge across the Sava River, which along with the Danube geographically defines Belgrade. The approach ramps and roads will run right through Belville. Anything in the way, especially an eyesore like the Roma encampment, would have to go.<br /><br /></p><p><img src="/sites/default/files/u6/mlutton_82863raw.jpg" width="660" /></p><p>So this eviction, though not its exact date, was announced months in advance. During the Gazela eviction, police were brutal and peremptory, and denied access to journalists. This time, Roma rights activists and the local government coordinated better – in theory:<br /><br /></p><p>Hundreds of families were divided into three categories. First are people with Belgrade residency papers. Second are war refugees from Kosovo. Last are the rest: without documents, or possessing only papers from somewhere else.<br /><br /></p><p>The first two groups, roughly 40% of the total, are entitled to new housing in prefabricated containers set up in new camps, hooked up to power and water. Unfortunately, like with FEMA trailers for the displaced from Hurricane Katrina, the structures are small – smaller than prison cells in terms of square footage per resident -- and poorly ventilated. The sites have no shade and are very far from the city center.<br /><br /></p><p>Such is the depth of racism and not-in-my-backyard feeling that local Serbs in the town of Resnik sparked a riot and threw stones at the police to protest the construction of a container park. This is for the lucky Roma families that are assigned a spot. The other 60% were simply offered bus tickets to their original hometowns and told to leave. Some refused.<br /><br /></p><p>The Belville Roma felt that they were in an impossible situation. They couldn’t afford lawyers. They admitted that they were occupying the land illegally. Even if they received an assignment to a container, being so far from downtown would make it very difficult for them to continue their livelihood as Belgrade’s de facto only recycling service. Nor will they be allowed to collect or store scrap at the container sites. Even that marginal living is being privatized through large sanitation companies.<br /><br /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><!-- START EMBED CODE --><script type="text/javascript" src="http://newsmotion.slideshowpro.com/m/embed.js"></script><div id="album-351832">&nbsp;</div><script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ SlideShowPro({ attributes: { id: "album-351832", width: 650, height: 400 }, mobile: { auto: false }, params: { bgcolor: "#000000", allowfullscreen: true }, flashvars: { xmlFilePath: "http://newsmotion.slideshowpro.com/images.php?album=351832", displayMode: "Manual", videoAutoStart: "Off", feedbackPreloaderAppearance: "Hidden" } }); // ]]></script><!-- END EMBED CODE --><p>The community photos: Photographers Matt Lutton and Darko Stanimirović knew the eviction would happen soon. With support from the European Roma Rights Center in Budapest, Hungary, they distributed disposable cameras to the residents so that they could document their own experiences.<br /><br /></p><p>At 5 am on April 26, the Belgrade city government showed up – surprisingly without police – but with trucks to move possessions and buses to move the people. Animal control teams went in to remove dogs, feral and otherwise, with tranquilizer blowdarts. It became a harrowing and emotional scene as the dogs began to bark in panic and fear.<br /><br /></p><p>The residents tried to remain calm, resigned that they didn’t have any good options left. But when their belongings were loaded onto the trucks, many broke down in tears. They were losing their homes for an uncertain future. They had no idea where they would be taken. They had never been shown or asked to choose the containers.<br /><br /></p><p>During the afternoon, one of wood-frame homes burned. It appeared to be set on fire in final protest by its former residents. Bulldozers crunched the makeshift structures into piles of debris.<br /><br /></p><p>Mayor Dragan Đilas arrived to hold a press conference, accompanied by local television reporters all wearing brand-new identical rubber boots. A former activist against Slobodan Milosevic’s authoritarian regime, Đilas and his administration say that they are advancing policies for the greater good.<br /><br /></p><p>“Only six of the children go to school” from the Belville camp, the mayor said, but Lutton believes that this is a gross under-estimate, meant to assuage public opinion.<br /><br /></p><p>“The Serbian government is flagrantly violating international law by allowing Belgrade city authorities to carry out this eviction,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Director. “We reiterate our call for a law which would prohibit forced evictions and stipulate safeguards for all evictions.”<br /><br /></p><p>The city said that each family would be given a one-time payment of 20,000 dinars ($215 USD) to help them resettle. The families were also promised food, but they never received it. Months later, it took until the middle of July for five families relocated to an abandoned warehouse in the southern Serbian city of Nis to get running water.<br /><br /></p><p><img src="/sites/default/files/u6/preview_skender-kamera1-03.jpg" width="660" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Links:</strong></p><p>On the development of Belville</p><p><a href="http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?s=9409104a4bc17d59a384a392561cc99c&amp;p=11270770&amp;postcount=1">http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?s=9409104a4bc17d59a384a392561cc99c&amp;p=11270770&amp;postcount=1</a></p><p>Amnesty International</p><p><a href="http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/serbia-hundreds-families-face-uncertainty-after-belvil-eviction-2012-04-26">http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/serbia-hundreds-families-face-uncertainty-after-belvil-eviction-2012-04-26</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/sites/default/files/u6/lutton_belgrade_01.JPG" width="200" height="133" />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-featured"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable on Front Page Slide Show </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-front-thumbs"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable as Front Page Thumbnail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-embed-slideshow"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &lt;!-- START EMBED CODE --&gt; &lt;script type=&quot;text/javascript&quot; src=&quot;http://newsmotion.slideshowpro.com/m/embed.js&quot;&gt;&lt;/script&gt; &lt;div id=&quot;album-351824&quot;&gt; &lt;/div&gt; &lt;script type=&quot;text/javascript&quot;&gt; SlideShowPro({ attributes: { id: &quot;album-351824&quot;, width: 650, height: 400 }, mobile: { auto: false }, params: { bgcolor: &quot;#000000&quot;, allowfullscreen: true }, flashvars: { xmlFilePath: &quot;http://newsmotion.slideshowpro.com/images.php?album=351824&quot; } }); &lt;/script&gt; &lt;!-- END EMBED CODE --&gt; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-embed-audio"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &lt;object height=&quot;220&quot; width=&quot;220&quot;&gt; &lt;param name=&quot;movie&quot; value=&quot;https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F59855252&amp;amp;auto_play=false&amp;amp;player_type=artwork&amp;amp;color=759ac6&quot;&gt;&lt;/param&gt; &lt;param name=&quot;allowscriptaccess&quot; value=&quot;always&quot;&gt;&lt;/param&gt; &lt;embed allowscriptaccess=&quot;always&quot; height=&quot;220&quot; src=&quot;https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F59855252&amp;amp;auto_play=false&amp;amp;player_type=artwork&amp;amp;color=759ac6&quot; type=&quot;application/x-shockwave-flash&quot; width=&quot;220&quot;&gt;&lt;/embed&gt; &lt;/object&gt; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-editor"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Editor:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://newsmotion.org/users/alan-s-chin" title="View user profile.">Alan Chin</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Editor:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://newsmotion.org/users/julianrubinstein" title="View user profile.">Julian Rubinstein</a> </div> </div> </div> http://newsmotion.org/story-en/sound-barking-dogs-eviction-roma-belville-2#comments Belgrade Belville Beograd Darko Stanimirović Eviction Jabučki Rit Matt Lutton Reportage Roma Serbia Unofficial Mon, 10 Dec 2012 03:20:55 +0000 Matt Lutton 3534 at http://newsmotion.org Special Announcement: Beta is here! http://newsmotion.org/story-en/special-announcement-beta-here <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-slider-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_slider_image" width="804" height="539" alt="" src="http://newsmotion.org/sites/default/files/beta%20announce%20screenshot_0.png?1352911375" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Special Announcement: Beta is here! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-newsmotion-synch"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> beta or newsmotion or launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 11/14/2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beta is here! 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