French Police Break Up Roma Camp in Villeurbanne

Bulgaria in EU | September 6, 2012, Thursday // 18:18|  views

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The French police have dismantled a new squatter camp of about 80 Bulgarian and Romanian Roma close to Lyon, French media reported.

The Roma had a makeshift camp in the park Feyssine in Villeurbanne that they were supposed to leave by Friday. To avert an expulsion, the Roma had settled on land nearby.

According to activists, the first had arrived earlier in the week, most of them on Wednesday. In total, approximately 80 people including thirty children.

According to these activists, Thursday, around 13h, the police intervened to expel them from the land.

In one month, this is at least the second time that this group of Roma tries to camp at a place before being quickly removed.

About fifty people had taken up residence in the public park Feyssine, in early August, after their expulsion from the camp Avenue Salengro.

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Tags: Villeurbanne, Roma, France, EU, European Union, Romania, Roma ghetto, Lyon


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