Finland: Helsinki police empty Roma camp
Police on Tuesday closed an unauthorised camping area on the grounds of the Satama Social Centre in Helsinki occupied by eastern European Roma. The demolition of a building at the site began on Tuesday.
The operation was initiated by the City of Helsinki that owns the property and had earlier ordered the campers to evacuate the area.
Although some police taking part were in riot gear, the eviction was carried out without incident.
"We did not give precise advance information about the eviction because of the possible threat of anarchy, not by the Roma, but by activists," Helsinki Police Inspector Ismo Juvonen told YLE
The occupants of the unauthorised camp have been urged to move to accommodations run by the Helsinki Deaconess Institute. They have also been provided with embassy contact information.
The City has pressed for the evacuation of the camp site as the building occupied by the Satama Social Centre is scheduled for demolition. The work is to be completed by the end of October (via YLE Uutiset)