Georgia’s Pest Problem
18 September, 2014
Aside from several exceptions, a country’s overall development is a mixed blessing. It provides a lot of benefits to its population, of course, but it has an unpleasant side effect of attracting people who have zero desire to contribute, people who come only to mooch off the country’s success while giving nothing in return.

Lately, members of the “mooching class” have appeared in all major Georgian cities. They sit near shop entrances, they occupy sidewalks of busy streets, and they
lie in ambush at traffic lights. And whenever they see people they deem vulnerable, they latch onto them like ticks, begging and pleading, much to their victims’ chagrin and confusion.

I am, of course, talking about gypsies. Despite small amounts of them always existing in Georgia and being kept more or less in line, currently the infestation is rapidly growing and has a chance of spiraling beyond control. Nowadays, it is hard to take a walk down a street in Tbilisi without getting harassed by a squealing pack of gypsy children begging you for money while trying to sneak a hand into your pockets. It became a habit for many Georgians to take a careful look around before using an ATM to make sure there are no gypsies lying in wait to snatch cash from their hands or pickpocket them while they are busy pushing buttons. And don’t even get me started on the impression these rampaging creatures make on foreign tourists.

Gypsies are, in their vast majority, exiles from India, descendants of Dalits, a caste of untouchables, who are still widely despised. They continued their usual lifestyle in countries they were exiled to, which involved thieving, begging, abduction of people and turning any areas they inhabit into hellholes barely capable of supporting life. Very quickly, a culture of nomadic crime formed among them, leading to a cycle: gypsies move into a new area, strip it of anything of value and then leave or are driven away.

Currently, gypsies are a major problem in numerous countries, especially Eastern European ones. Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and the Balkans have large gypsy populations, and consequently, a massive crime issue. Romania is plagued by them more than any other country, which led to gypsies frequently getting named “Roma”, followed by their identification with actual Romanians, tarnishing the reputation of these noble people.

Primary activity of gypsies and their main source of income in modern times is drug dealing. Profit gained from it is immense, making gypsy barons rich beyond their wildest dreams and allowing them to build enormous (and extremely tasteless) palaces for themselves and even make deals with local police, making them virtually untouchable. However, gypsies are also heavily involved into other criminal activities, namely stealing, scamming, mugging, rape, abduction, organ theft, pimping and others. In many cases, children are used. Gypsies teach their own children to pick pockets, beg and scam from a young age. A widespread trick is one child distracting the victim while another picks its pocket. Another frequently used scam is a woman begging for money while holding a baby. Ever wondered how they manage to keep these babies constantly silent and asleep? That’s because every day they are drugged into a near-comatose state and when their weak organisms expire from the abuse, they are simply discarded. Sometimes gypsy gangs abduct beautiful children, maim them (usually by getting them addicted to drugs, but sometimes the child’s leg is cut off so that he/she wouldn’t escape) and send them into the streets to beg, because people tend to give them more money than to gypsies’ own offspring. If you see a pack of gypsies with a beautiful, fair-haired child among them, this child is most likely an abduction victim. Gypsies have no qualms about exploiting their own children for profit, either – prostituting them is a common practice.

Law enforcement is usually at a loss when it comes to dealing with these pests. Arresting gypsies does not work properly, because they usually have no identity papers. Deporting them is also difficult, since they don’t have a country of origin. Norway, for example, simply sends gypsies to Bulgaria and Romania, where they add to an already existing problem. In the end, it results in gypsy swarms roaming freely across Europe, turning any locations they infest into garbage dumps, stealing everything that is not bolted down, harassing people, dealing drugs, spreading diseases due to their complete disregard of hygiene and being a plague on civilization in general.

Unfortunately, many people have no idea about who the gypsies are, or feel sorry for them, thinking of them as “disenfranchised people who are forced into poverty because of discrimination against them”. If I had a penny for every time I read or heard something like that from clueless bleeding-heart nitwits, I’d be a millionaire by now. Most of them haven’t even encountered gypsies in real life to begin with. This ignorance leads them to caving in to gypsies’ harassment and giving them money, thus subsidizing their further presence in the area. Some are foolish enough to start charity organizations dedicated to wasting money on futile attempts to stop gypsies from stealing, begging, drug dealing and other activities. Moreover, such organizations give gypsies an opportunity to play the race card, using it as an excuse for being noisome vermin.

Aforementioned bleeding hearts are unaware of the “gypsy code” that forbids these creatures any honest activity. A gypsy who works (an occurrence similar to a solar eclipse in frequency) or otherwise earns money without begging, scamming or stealing is ostracized by the rest of his tribe and is sometimes even killed. Attempts to integrate gypsies into civilization have all failed without exception – a stark example of one such attempt is a Lunik IX case in Slovakia, where a large gypsy community was given decent housing, modern conveniences and work opportunities. “Disenfranchised people” ripped up hardwood floors in the apartments and used them to start bonfires, tore out plumbing pipes to sell them for scrap and surrounded the apartment blocks with a nearly-impassable morass of garbage and feces. Unemployment rate did not change for 35 years, remaining at a steady 100%.

Sadly, Slovakia’s example has largely fallen on deaf ears. Politically correct narrative prevalent in modern Europe, according to which everyone is equal, enables gypsies to live alongside civilized people, causing them untold discomfort and damage, both to their property and themselves. Quiet, clean and safe European towns where everyone knows and trusts each other are turning into dens of iniquity – all thanks to politicians either being unaware of the situation or purposefully facilitating the influx of gypsies. One can only hope that the Georgian government does not join their limp-wristed ranks and deals with the gypsy problem harshly and without remorse.

By Zura Amiranashvili