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Newsgroups: soc.culture.czecho-slovak,soc.culture.canada,soc.culture.british,soc.culture.europe Subject: CZECH AIRLINES MARKED ROMA PASSENGERS WITH 'G.' Lines: 20 Organization: Canada X-Newsreader: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.3110.5 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.3110.3 Message-ID: Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 00:49:31 GMT NNTP-Posting-Host: 22.214.171.124 X-Complaints-To: firstname.lastname@example.org X-Trace: quark.idirect.com 940380571 126.96.36.199 (Tue, 19 Oct 1999 20:49:31 EDT) NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 20:49:31 EDT Xref: hub.org soc.culture.czecho-slovak:58770 soc.culture.canada:210939 soc.culture.british:405838 soc.culture.europe:191773 CZECH AIRLINES MARKED ROMA PASSENGERS WITH 'G.' For almost 18 months, Czech Airlines (CSA) kept track of passengers flying to London who appeared to be Romany by marking the letter "G," for "Gypsy," in their flight records, Czech media reported on 19 October. CSA's representative in London, David Thomas, said the practice was designed to speed up the processing of Czech Roma who were trying to emigrate to the U.K. Passengers who were marked "G" were directed to immigration officials in London. CSA President Miroslav Kula said the London branch office stopped the practice in February, but he added that until recently CSA employees continued to mark the flight records of Romany passengers owing to force of "habit." In other news, Vaclav Miko, a representative of the Board of Romany Regional Organizations, said the board believes that all Czech Roma should request asylum in Germany, which is the "nearest safe country," CTK reported on 18 October. VG
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