The socio-political movement of the Roma people of Moldova has called upon the Moldovan political class to consolidation and mutual understanding for the sake of a prompt and efficient solution of real problems the Moldovan people face.
Movement leader Robert Cerari stated at a news conference in Infotag today that if Moldovan political leaders had cooperated for the sake of citizens’ welfare, the problems of migration, poverty and unemployment would be solved much easier.
“Our political leaders must stop political wars, get down to business in earnest and concentrate on fulfilling their electoral pledges given before the 2009 elections”, Cerari said.
In his words, the Roma’s socio-political movement is a young party, which is currently working over the program of resolving the problems the Moldovan society faces, including national minorities, and particularly the gypsies. Among the acute-most problems the Roma suffer are the absence of personal documents, poverty, migration, and non-attendance of schools by children.
Cerari said a majority of gypsies in Moldova have no even Buletins de Identitate [internal-use identity cards, an equivalent to passport], not to mention foreign-travel passports, so gypsy mothers cannot apply for state-provided children allowances, and the elderly do not receive pensions or whatever social assistance.
“In the program we are going to present in the nearest future, we have set, as a first priority, the provision of all Roma people with documents; creation of stable, reliable jobs for gypsies by attracting investment from the European Union; putting an end to migration abroad, and other”, said Robert Cerari.
Party Secretary General Mihai Lepadatu said gypsy children do not go to school due to the crying poverty of their families, because their parents are somewhere abroad, and essentially because of their strong discrimination in the children’s society.
“Our minors feel deeply hurt when they are called gypsies and are fingered at, so they refuse to go to classes. The Ministry of Education must organize special training courses for teachers, who would study the Roma people’s history and problems, and would show more kindness, compassion and understanding to us”, believes Lepadatu.
The leaders said the Movement unites over 7 thousand activists, and the party is going to take part in the approaching early parliamentary election and to support the Alliance for European Integration parties at it.