Tuesday, January 19, 2010
NEWS FROM BULGARIA
Roma ghetto in Bourgas flattened
Thu, Jan 14 2010 17:33
By Nick Iliev
Bourgas Municipality has ordered the Roma ghetto in the city's Slaveikov borough razed, and the Roma dispersed from the site, Dnevnik daily said on January 14 2010.
The Roma site, which currently consists of about 20 shacks and other "shelters", is close to a major railway junction.
On January 14, bulldozers flattened five barracks, and the occupants of the remaining 15 or so shelters were told to collect their belongings and clear out by January 15, when the bulldozers will return.
Most of the Roma in the camp site are from different municipalities in Bulgaria.
Last year, more than 30 sheds were cleared by the municipality, after a Roma camp site suddenly arose in the same area. At the time, a small girl had died after being hit by a passing train. Authorities say that Roma children and their "domestic pets" had been playing and roaming close to the railway lines.
"We are trying to get the message across clearly, that every time illegal construction takes place here, it will be destroyed and cleared. We will not allow roaming Roma here," Bourgas mayor Dimitar Nikolov was quoted as saying by Dnevnik.
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