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'There is No Other,' Roma people to say in upcoming symposium

Ali Daylam, a renowned name in working to better the lives of Roma people in Turkey, talked to Hürriyet Daily News before the International Roma Symposium to be held in Ankara on Oct. 22?The problems facing the Roma people in Turkey could be clustered under four headlines: Housing, employment, health and education.

Roma in Bulgaria's Garmen to Protest Housing Demolition

The residents of a Roma neighborhood in the Bulgarian village of Garmen are taking to the streets on Friday over the municipality's plans to go on bulldozing their homes.

Local authorities consider their protest to be illegal, with mayor Mina Kapitanova banning rallies in the central area of Garmen on Friday.

Residents of Bulgaria's Garmen Issue New Ultimatum to Authorities

Residents from the municipality of Garmen issued a new ultimatum to Bulgarian authorities on Monday.

The residents tabled a petition with 720 signatures to the Council of Ministers, giving the authorities a deadline of one week to take an action against the illegal Roma dwellings.

Five Illegal Residential Buildings Demolished in Bulgaria's Garmen

The demolition of the illegal residential buildings in Garmen has now been completed, as reported by Focus information agency.

A total of four buildings have been removed from the site out of all 124. They were all demolished using a bulldozer and the Roma people in the neighborhood tore down another house by themselves.

Roma People Start Demolishing Illegal Residences Themselves

After they had been given an hour to leave their illegal residential buildings, Roma people in Garmen started demolishing their houses by themselves.

The first house was smashed at around 11:30, as reported by BGNES.

People are currently removing their possessions from some of the other buildings in the illegal Roma neighborhood.

Bulgaria's Garmen Braces for Protest over Illegal Buildings

Residents of Garmen, a village in southwestern Bulgaria, are set to stage a demonstration on Tuesday to vent their anger at what they call a state of lawlessness in the Roma neighborhood.

Security has been stepped up, and additional police forces have been deployed to prevent any major escalation.