Roma evacuated from Marseille camp, NGOs protest

Almost 200 Romanian Roma were evacuated by the French police from a Marseille camp on Tuesday morning, according to HotNews. The operation gathered almost 150 law enforcement agents, with Alain Gardere, the new prefect delegate for security, appointed this summer, also present. The move triggered harsh criticism from the Human Rights League. “Two more camps of Roma remain in Marseille. The one eliminated now, which was older, sheltered children who were going to school. Once again, the camp was eliminated and children will not be able to go to school anymore,” the head of the local Human Rights League branch, Bernard Eynaud said. He added that on August 11, Marseille officials promised to organise a round table to find solutions to the problem, but “today the only answer is the police.”

Meanwhile on Monday, dozens of Roma staged a protest in downtown Paris, staging banners reading “Dignity” and “Education without borders” in French. The Romanian Roma also played various musical instruments during the protest, Antena 3 reported.

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