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Several rights groups accused the local authorities of “violating legislation and trampling the dignity of Roma inhabitants ... by forcibly evicting hundreds of them” and relocating them in buildings belonging to Cuprom, a copper processing plant closed down over pollution concerns. - Photo's by AFP

A Roma boy climbs on the top of a house, torn down by local authorities, in Craica.
A Roma boy climbs on the top of a house, torn down by local authorities, in Craica.
A Roma child sleeps in a broken down house.
A Roma child sleeps in a broken down house.
A Roma child sits on a couch in her new home inside a former processing plant turned into a housing project in Baia Mare.
A Roma child sits on a couch in her new home inside a former processing plant turned into a housing project in Baia Mare.
A Roma woman and her child guard their belongings before relocating, after several ramshackle houses were torn down by local authorities in Craica.
A Roma woman and her child guard their belongings before relocating, after several ramshackle houses were torn down by local authorities in Craica.
Roma people look on as authorities prepare to tear down several ramshackle houses in Craica, a shantytown on the outskirts of Baia Mare.
Roma people look on as authorities prepare to tear down several ramshackle houses in Craica, a shantytown on the outskirts of Baia Mare.
A Roma child runs as a bulldozer prepares to tear down a ramshackle house in Craica.
A Roma child runs as a bulldozer prepares to tear down a ramshackle house in Craica.
A Roma girl, wearing women's boots, crosses a bridge in Craica. Several rights groups accused the local authorities of ?violating legislation and trampling the dignity of Roma inhabitants.
A Roma girl, wearing women's boots, crosses a bridge in Craica. Several rights groups accused the local authorities of ?violating legislation and trampling the dignity of Roma inhabitants.
Roma children pose as they spend time outside their houses in Craica. Local authorities forcibly evicted hundreds of people and are relocating them in buildings belonging to Cuprom, a copper processing plant closed down due to pollution concerns.
Roma children pose as they spend time outside their houses in Craica. Local authorities forcibly evicted hundreds of people and are relocating them in buildings belonging to Cuprom, a copper processing plant closed down due to pollution concerns.
Children's toys hang on a door next to the belongings of a Roma family, after bulldozers tore down a ramshackle house.
Children's toys hang on a door next to the belongings of a Roma family, after bulldozers tore down a ramshackle house.

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Chris
Jun 19, 2012 11:49pm
Roma are the descendants of Rajasthani gypsies who migrated west long ago, although they have developed their own identity and culture. They have been shunned and discriminated against over the last century. They were brutally killed in very large numbers during the third Reich, and this continues today in many European countries. While they are big on lecturing others on 'Human Rights', the life of Romas among them has been miserable.