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May 16, 2021
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Protest on Black Eagle Palace rooftop

A man yesterday climbed on the rooftop of the Black Eagle Palace in Oradea, threatening he would jump off the building unless the City Hall provided him with decent housing, considering he had been evicted from the building he lived in and was given a room with no utilities instead, where he lives along with his five children. Mediafax reported that the protester’s family, along with several Roma families, lived until recently in a building  at 9, Eftimie Murgu St. in the Oradea district of Velenta, which was converted into a social center, a project made possible by EU funding, which led to the former tenants being relocated to another building. Crews from the Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication (SMURD) and the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU), along with police came to the scene of the protest and tried to negotiate with the 36-year-old man. He would not descend from the rooftop and called on Mayor Ilie Bojan or the head of the Oradea Real Estate Administration, Cristian Beltechi to come at the scene. In front of the building there were several Roma families supporting his action. Eyewitnesses say that the man is the father of five, of whom three are handicapped, and was moved along with his family in a room without electricity and drinking water, a toilet in the corridor and a common bathroom at the ground floor of the building, where hot water is only available once a week. “I’m not against the system, I don’t care if they relocate us, yet we need decent living conditions. This place is like a ghetto where lights are out after 22 .00 hours. You are monitored round-the-clock, and if a relative comes to visit you they can only get into the building if they register with the porter. We have asked that the mayor and Mr. Beltechi should come here, yet none of them would come and talk to us,” said Ioan Mandrut, one of the Roma who was relocated along with his family.

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