National Gypsy Council Established in Hungary

Associated Press

A National Gypsy Council was formed Friday to represent Gypsy interests, the official news agency MTI reported.

About 300,000 of Hungary’s 11 million people are Gypsies. The Communist government had previously tried to absorb them into general Hungarian society.

Such formal councils already exist for Hungary’s 200,000 ethnic Germans, 100,000 Slavs and 25,000 ethnic Romanians.