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Vigilantes Cause Hungarian Romas to Flee Homes


Gypsies march with their possessions through the village of Gyongyospata, eastern Hungary, April 22, 2011

Gypsies march with their possessions through the village of Gyongyospata, eastern Hungary, April 22, 2011

Roma leaders says nearly 300 Romas have left their homes in northeastern Hungary to avoid contact with a far-right vigilante group.

They said Friday women and children boarded buses for an undisclosed location.

The vigilante group Vedero is conducting a training exercise in the village of Gyongyospata for the next three days.

Roma officials say Vedero's camouflage clothing is intimidating and the Romas living in the village felt it was safer to leave and avoid potential confrontations.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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