On the 22nd of July an illegal eviction of Roma families living in Wroclaw at Paprotna St took place. Once again the authorities of Wroclaw show what priorities they take when managing the city.
The area at Paprotna St inhibited for 7 years by a group of Romanian Roma was “cleared” and “organized.” The Poviat Construction Supervision Inspectorate was pointed out by the municipal authorities as the institution responsible for the whole operation, engaging the Municipal Police and urban open areas workers. The decision on eviction was issued without the knowledge of the inhabitants, and without earlier notification about the fact. However, the most important thing is that the actions of the Inspectorate and the Municipal Police were unlawful. It is worth to mention that in such case, the eviction proceeding is obligatory to follow. How is it possible to evict people without an indictment? Demolition of someone’s house, confiscation of belongings during the absence of the owner is a violation of procedures.
The City of Wroclaw informed the public that it was not responsible for the decision on clearing the area. Saying this, the municipal officials admit they do not follow the procedures. They stated, that they did not know the area was inhibited. Such statements are counterfeit. The municipal authorities had the knowledge that the area had been inhibited by Roma families. Social welfare workers and the police officers were paying visits to these people regularly. What is more, the City of Wroclaw sued the inhabitants of other, bigger encampment at Kamińskiego St. The trial is pending for two years. The statement of the officials that they did not know about other encampments in Wroclaw is a lie. The municipal officials use the code selectively. It is frightening that, if it was not for the activists and NGOs, probably we would never know that such situation had happened. The Poviat Construction Supervision Inspectorate and their “cleaners” believed that their actions would remain unnoticed.
Every year, thousands of Roma fall victims of forced evictions. Unlawful evictions, similar to the one at Paprotna St, take place across the Europe. Such illegal practices are employed in Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia and many other European countries. No longer than two years ago, the citizens of Poznan had experienced similar situations, where by the use of decision issued by the Poviat Construction Supervisor Inspectorate were evicted families living at Krauthofera St. The Roma from Poznań were forces to inhibit other vacant apartments. The activists supporting the group of Roma from Poznań are sure, that if no one had concerned with the encampment in Poznań, we would get know about the unlawful eviction after the event.
The illegal eviction, that happened yesterday at Paprotna St in Wrclaw is another example of how authorities care for their citizens. The group of Romanian Roma is an extremely excluded group of citizens – the only support they receive comes from activists and NGOs. For 7 years, the city have not made an attempt to help this group. No systematic solution helping this excluded community has been implemented. The Municipal Authorities consequently implement the policy of city cleansing of the unwanted “element.” The illegality of these practices in obvious.
Our duty is to counteract such unlawful practices employed by the government against the poorest citizens. Romanian Roma living in Poland are the part of community. We cannot allow such actions to occur.
Stop the unlawful eviction! Solidarity with migrants!