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Police raid occupied youth centre in Lund

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11:24 CEST+02:00
Ten people were arrested following a dawn police raid on a Romani youth centre in Lund in southern Sweden.

The arrested people were all aged between 18 and 25-years-old and had been occupying the Romano Trajo after-school recreation centre in the Norra Fäladen area of the city.

The occupying youths were demonstrating as part of a network calling itself "Lund residents against cutbacks".

The arrests were conducted without any major incidents. Two of the occupiers attempted to flee but were swiftly apprehended by police.

The ten people were later transferred to Lund police station and are being held on suspicion of aggravated trespass and criminal damage.

Romano Trajo opened in 1989 to provide support to Romani children living in the area.

In 2004 the centre received the City of Lund's integration prize. But this year it was announced that the centre, in the face of outspoken protests, would be closed.

Lund's child and education committee considered that the services offered by Romano Trajo could be managed by other recreation centres in the area.

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