US Ambassador Mark Gitenstein voiced concern over plans to hurriedly demolish buildings in Baia Mare primarily inhabited by Roma, according to a press release from the American Embassy. Roma inhabitants were not notified of the planned demolition and city authorities have declared their intent to evict these people without regard for their health or safety. The announcement follows the construction of a wall segregating a Roma neighbourhood from the rest of Baia Mare, the release notes.
“We echo the sentiments expressed by Amnesty International and others who declared that these evictions and demolitions should not be carried out. Ambassador Gitenstein hopes Mayor (Catalin) Chereches will work to find ways of improving the housing conditions for all in Baia Mare while respecting the rights of everyone,” the document reads. The organisations Amnesty International Romani Criss and Sanse Egale have also criticised Chereches’s intention to evict hundreds of citizens who do not have Baia Mare IDs.