Romanian Roma remain at makeshift camp while “prince” remains in serious condition in hospital

29-07-2009

Some Romanian Roma remain at a makeshift campsite by a lake on the outskirts of Prague, despite an agreement reached with local officials on Tuesday night for them to vacate the site. However, most of the 150 or so who were camped out there have moved on. The group began gathering in the Czech capital last Friday when a Roma teenager regarded as a “prince” was admitted to hospital after nearly drowning while swimming in a Czech lake. Officials at Vinohradská hospital said he remained in a serious condition.

Sociologists told the Czech News Agency that the Czech Republic did not offer suitable conditions for the nomadic lifestyle. Roma in this country have been settled since 1958, when the Communists barred them from travelling about.