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Gypsy effigies burnt on bonfire
    #2051048 - 10/28/03 05:47 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

What . were . they . thinking? I mean really, what were they thinking?
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Gypsy effigies burnt on bonfire

Residents were shocked after a caravan with effigies of gypsies was burnt at a village bonfire party.

The caravan was wheeled through a street in Firle, East Sussex, before being torched.

Now the Commission for Racial Equality has called for those responsible to be prosecuted for incitement to racial hatred - which can lead to a jail term of up to seven years.

One resident has said she was sickened by the show on Saturday and that many others were shocked by what they saw.

Patricia Knight, who was at the bonfire with her seven-year-old daughter, said: "A caravan was wheeled down the street which portrayed women and children inside, with 'pikey' written on the back and the image of a scantily-clad woman standing in the door.

"I could see other people looking shocked and I could hear shouts of 'racists' directed at the bonfire society and 'shame'."

Part of the celebration at Firle is said to be that no-one knows in advance what the effigy is going to be.

Villagers, who have asked not to be named, have said the effigy was chosen after the recent eviction of travellers from a nearby field.

After the event, images of the event were posted on the internet.

But Richard Gravett, chairman of Firle Bonfire Society, said: "There was no racist slant towards anyone from the travelling community. If anything, it's actually completely the other way.

"It is to try to make people sit up and listen and realise that these people obviously - as all of us do - need somewhere to live."

'Racial hatred'

Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), said the organisers of the bonfire should be prosecuted.

He said: "Gypsies and travellers probably suffer the most discrimination in this country.

"This is clearly an example of incitement to racial hatred. You couldn't really get more provocative than this.

"The police have to take it seriously. If we are asked at the CRE, we will say this case should be pursued and the people involved should be punished - which can lead to seven years in prison.

"The idea that you can carry out an act like this and then apologise and get away with it, is exactly what produces a culture that says racism and discrimination and victimisation of people, because of what they are, is OK."






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In the beginning was the word. And man could not handle the word, and the hearing of the word, and he asked God to take away his ears so that he might live in peace without having to hear words which might upset his equinamity or corrupt the unblemished purity of his conscience.

And God, hearing this desperate plea from His creation, wrinkled His mighty brow for a moment and then leaned down toward man, beckoning that he should come close so as to hear all that was about to be revealed to him.

"Fuck you," He whispered, and frowned upon the pathetic supplicant before retreating to His heavens.


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Re: Gypsy effigies burnt on bonfire [Re: Edame]
    #2051196 - 10/28/03 08:03 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

No government should have the power to enforce political correctness.


"prosecuted for incitement to racial hatred - which can lead to a jail term of up to seven years." What a stupid law. If the intent is to threaten or intimidate a victim then fine, prosecute away, othewise it's none of the government's business.


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Re: Gypsy effigies burnt on bonfire [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #2051350 - 10/28/03 08:40 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

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No government should have the power to enforce political correctness.



Absolutely.


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Re: Gypsy effigies burnt on bonfire [Re: Edame]
    #2055356 - 10/30/03 12:33 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

I think these vile dumbshits have seen "Snatch" way too many times.

That said, I agree with what Baby Hitler wrote.



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Re: Gypsy effigies burnt on bonfire [Re: wingnutx]
    #2056020 - 10/30/03 03:54 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

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wingnutx said:
I think these vile dumbshits have seen "Snatch" way too many times.

That said, I agree with what Baby Hitler wrote.






No it's just that time of year in the UK. Every-fucking-thing ends up on fire on the run-up to November the 5th.


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Re: Gypsy effigies burnt on bonfire [Re: Jackal]
    #2057354 - 10/30/03 03:53 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Overall it's kind of a neat holiday, fire being cool and all.

Fire! hehe.

Where is Cornholio when you need him?


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Re: Gypsy effigies burnt on bonfire [Re: wingnutx]
    #2057936 - 10/30/03 06:39 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

It'd be nice if the article posted mentioned what country. I'm sure it was some European nation that hates the US. interesting that they do have thought police laws on the books tho...


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Re: Gypsy effigies burnt on bonfire [Re: lysergic]
    #2058063 - 10/30/03 07:15 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Perhaps if you look again you might see that the page title reads

BBC NEWS | England | Southern Counties

You remember us right? Your plucky chums helping you bend Iraq to your will? What on earth does this article have to do with hating the US anyway?


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The above is an extract from my fictional novel, "The random postings of Edame".
:tongue:

In the beginning was the word. And man could not handle the word, and the hearing of the word, and he asked God to take away his ears so that he might live in peace without having to hear words which might upset his equinamity or corrupt the unblemished purity of his conscience.

And God, hearing this desperate plea from His creation, wrinkled His mighty brow for a moment and then leaned down toward man, beckoning that he should come close so as to hear all that was about to be revealed to him.

"Fuck you," He whispered, and frowned upon the pathetic supplicant before retreating to His heavens.


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