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Helsinki Police: Roma camps dismantled almost every day

Police say they dismantle illegal camps occupied by Roma on a nearly daily basis. On Thursday Helsinki Police dispersed several Roma from under a bridge in the Linnunlaulu park area, along Töölönlahti Bay.

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Nearly every day, Helsinki Police find and then dismantle illegal campsites set up by Roma and advise them if they want to camp, they should go to the Meri-Rastila camping area in eastern Helsinki.

There are usually only a few people at most of the campsites they come across police say, but occasionally they find as many as a dozen people in a camp.

On Thursday police dismantled a camp under a bridge in the Linnunlaulu area, by the railroad tracks and Töölönlahti Bay.

“We’ve found a fair amount of people hiding under the bridge in Linnunlaulu,” Helsinki Police Chief Inspector Seppo Kujala says. “The place is dangerous - they’ve been instructed to go somewhere else.”

“They are aware that camping is prohibited,” Kujala says.

Kujala says that the dismantling of camps is almost always calm.

The city is responsible for the cleanup of abandoned makeshift campsites.

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