Greek authorities still have not completed promised accommodation for Roma
12 April 2000
In September 1998, the Prefect of Thessaloniki, in northern Greece, promised a group of local Roma that new accommodation for them in the former military barracks in Gonou, approximately six kilometres away, would be finished by May 15, 1999. As of March 16, 2000, however, the new camp was still not finished. These 250 Romani families, around 2000 people, were first evicted from the suburb of Evosmos in September 1998, and settled in the drained bed of the Galikos river in Thessaloniki. They have lived there since, in extremely poor conditions, without adequate water supplies or garbage collection. In the first five months after their arrival at the site, the settlement was flooded five times (see Abuse of Roma by police and municipal authorities in Greece in the “Snapshots around Europe” section of Roma Rights 1/1999).
(Greek Helsinki Monitor)