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Published on May 8, 2011
The Hungarian Red Cross evacuated hundreds of Roma women and children from their homes Friday because they were frightened of a neo-nazi vigilante group that was setting up a training camp near their village.
The 277 evacuees from the village of Gyongyospata were taken by bus to other parts of Hungary because the local Roma are concerned about potential confrontations with members of Vedero, or Defense Force.
Several far-right vigilante groups, usually dressed in camouflage gear and heavy boots, have been patrolling the village, and others in eastern Hungary that have large Roma populations, with the stated purpose of defending the non-Roma residents from "Gypsy crime."