Roma families face wholesale expulsion from France

This is a deep shame what happens here …


Roma families face wholesale expulsion from France by Staff Writers Paris (UPI) Sep 27, 2013

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The latest French government crackdown on the Roma communities in France has drawn protests from rights advocacy groups but not from the European Union itself, which is usually quick on the draw over any human rights controversies outside the EU.

In the most widely reported incident this week police dismantled a Roma settlement in the northern French town of Roubaix. Rights advocacy groups say police patrols routinely harass Roma families, often without provocation.

There was no immediate confirmation of material losses suffered by the displaced Roma families.

The police action against Roma mobile homes on wheels came after Interior Minister Manuel Valls drew criticism for his calls for all Roma to be expelled to East European countries, home to thousands of Roma families.

Valls earlier urged those countries…

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