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Roma rent-dodgers squat in front of Nové Zámky Town Hall

Roma people who were forced out of their homes in Nové Zámky for not paying rent are returning to the town en masse and camping out in front of Town Hall.

The town sold the homes of tenants who had not paid rent over the long-term for Sk1. The new owners forced the rent-dodgers to move to other communities, mostly in the Levice district, the Sme daily wrote on September 17.

The head of the own office, Peter Ágh, said this isn’t an exceptional situation. But the cabinet proxy for Roma issues, Anina Botošová, argues that the evicted people were mistreated because they are Roma.

Botošová said they were were deported on trucks without knowing where they were being taken. She criticised the town for not having social programmes for the Roma community.

Botošová mentioned the evictions violated an international pact. Moving debtors to another villages makes the problem even worse, she added, and she anticipates "monster-sized riots."

Last Friday, a police spokeswoman said that if the resettled Roma break the law during protests, police are ready to intervene.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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