Spain leaders call for clam after Gypsy clashes

29th October 2008, Comments 0 comments

Castellar leaders tell village’s inhabitants that they need to work together to prevent a repeat of last week’s racial fights.

29 October 2008

JAEN - Politicians and civic leaders on Tuesday appealed for calm in Castellar, Jaen, arguing that all the village's inhabitants need to work together to prevent a repeat of the violent disturbances between Gypsies and other villagers that occurred at the weekend.

"We need to achieve integration and work together without problems," Castellar's Socialist mayor Pedro Magana declared Tuesday before attending a Town Hall meeting to address the issue.

Magana denied reports that Gypsy families had been forced to leave their homes by other local residents who blame them for rising crime.

The disturbances began on Saturday night after a fight between Gypsy and non-Gypsy youths that culminated in a group of villagers stoning the homes of Gypsy families and demanding that they be run out of town. The deployment of extra police helped calm the situation in the village of less than 4,000 inhabitants on Monday.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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