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Gypsies Resist Relocation in Spain

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Gypsies Resist Relocation in Spain

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Gypsies Resist Relocation in Spain

Gypsies Resist Relocation in Spain

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Gypsies have been in Spain since the Middle Ages, adding richness to Spanish culture not the least of which includes Flamenco music and dance. Spain did not recognize Gypsies as citizens, however, until the 1970s.

The country is now spending millions on relocating many of them from shantytowns to government-subsidized housing. The effort has been met with resistance that at times erupts into violence.

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