Varna Demolishes Roma Homes: “Hazardous to Occupants”

Written by on August 19, 2016 in Bulgaria, Politics - No comments

Fifteen more Bulgarians of Romani origin are homeless today, in Varna. The district administration responsible for the area, in which the slum Maksuda is located, decided to have four buildings destroyed, some of which have housed their occupants since the 1980-s. According to the publication dnevnik.bg, the authorities claimed, those houses were “hazardous to the occupants”. The question, which arises: What is more hazardous to them? The houses, or the district administration?

The author of the dnevnik.bg article, Spas Spasov, answers this question, by accusing the decision takers of hypocrisy and malpractice. He writes, they apparently used “double standards, in an attempt to correct their own mistakes”, regarding illegal construction in Varna. In at least one of the destroyed houses, everything was legal, according to the report, including the electricity hookup.

Last year, 60 houses in the same neighbourhood, which supposedly were illegal, were demolished. The action taken by the municipality affected 500 Roma, among them 200 children.

By im.

Photo: Symbolic shot, from Fakulteta, a Roma slum in Sofia, by Imanuel Marcus.

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