Less than 100 year after the Romani Holocaust, in which Nazi Germany and their allied nations committed genocidal mass murder of their populations of Roma travellers, the UK government seems to be attempting to push repressive legislation that distinctly targets traveller communities once more. In the United Kingdom traveller communities are often lumped together under the acronym GRT (meaning Gypsy, Romani and Traveller) but this group can include many other groups including Irish Pavees or Mincéirs, Welsh Kale, or even travelling showmen. The UK Conservative government has outwardly condemned GRT communities in their election manifesto in 2019, but this hostility has been legislatively released under the Police Powers and Protections Bill. This bill is causing widespread protest as it give the police power to restrict freedom of protest, but the proposed law also looks set to criminalise the act of trespass and introduce new police powers to seize the property and vehicles of trespassers.
Is this an effort to target and attack traveller communities?
Are laws like this marking a backward turn to the right wing nationalism of the Second World War?
If this is the case, why are the UK government attacking Britain's GRT/traveller population?