Following reports that groups of Roma are in Copenhagen, with some engaged in
criminal activities, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen called in today’s
Politiken for police to act more decisively.
In what is said by police to be a coincidental swoop, 12 Roma who were living
in a disused post office were arrested early this morning.
“We have arrested 12 and charged them with illegal entry in a disused
building,” says Duty Officer Mads Bach Hammer who adds that he had not been
aware of Tuesday’s newspaper reports. “We have been keeping an eye on them,”
The head of the Copenhagen Council’s Homeless Group says that there are
between 200 and 400 Roma in Copenhagen at the moment. Some live off
pick-pocketing, break-ins and cons while others, who do not commit crimes,
live off collecting empty bottles.
Those arrested today are 10 men and two women. It is unclear what will happen
to them, apart from being charged with illegal entry and liable to a fine.
As EU citizens, they can only be deported if they do not have enough money to
support themselves, or if they have been arrested for theft or similar crime.