A man reacts with his hand raised amid a large crowd protesting restrictions due to COVID-19.


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Police intimidation is a fact of life for many Roma living in Bulgaria and elsewhere in Europe, but in the last five months tensions have heightened, according to activists.

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A man reacts during a gathering at the biggest Roma-populated district in Sofia, Bulgaria, April 17, 2020. Several dozens of Roma people gathered to express concern of losing their jobs due to the measures for restricting movement introduced in their neighborhood to attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease. 


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