French students have always been engaged in the fight for human rights so it is not surprising they are standing up for the rights of oppressed Roma people. Thousands of students in Paris and throughout the nation rose up in anger at the deportation of a Roma high school students. Fifteen year old Leonarda Dibrani was detained and deported back to Kosovo with her family in an example of disregarding human rights. The Socialist party is divided since many believe it is the historic responsibility for France to respect human rights even though it means allowing a foreigner to remain in the country without legal right to be present. The students shouted: “Leonarda isn’t going to class, nor are we.”
This is shocking. The Roma girl, no, the human girl, was going to school, working hard and on the path to becoming a responsible citizen. Enough with “rules,” let us respect human dignity!