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CNCD targets Ilie Nastase, for Roma statements

The National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD) took note of the statements made by former tennis star Ilie Nastase about the Roma minority. In an interview with ‘Pro Sport,’ Nastase said that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is right about the Gypsies and that he would have sent the ethnic Roma to Harghita, if he were the president of Romania. “Sarkozy defended the French citizens, something the Romanian president should do as well. I reached the point when I’m holding my hand on my pocket when I walk on Champs Elysees, from fear of pickpoc­kets,” Nastase said. The former tennis star also alluded to the Hungarian minority living in Romania: “Do you know what I would have done, if I were the president of Romania? I would have sent the Gypsies to Harghita, where there are many Hungarians and about 12 Romanians. This would have also changed the ethnic structure of the region,” Nastase concluded. According to ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ daily, CNCD will analyse these statements and will give a verdict within 90 days at most.

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