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Postby Adolf » Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:46 am

www.thisislondon.co.uk/camp+in+Hyde+Park

As I remember things, if you dared to drive a van (or other vulgar commercial vehicle) or exceed the speed limit in one of the Royal Parks some of the Royal Parks Constabulary were likely to leap out from behind a tree and pull you up. But these campers seem to have come in under the radar. The abolition of the Royal Parks Constabulary a couple of years ago might have something to do with it.

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Postby tedthered » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:08 am

I don't think Hyde Park is a Royal Park, me and a mate went to the first ever Reading festival in the early seventies, and on the Monday morning we decided o go to Chelmsford to watch Lancashire play Essex in the then Gilette cup on Wednesday.

We hitch hiked from Reading to London and we slept in St James Park on the Monday night and we had an early wake up call from the police, and I am sure they said we had to move because it was a royal park but we would have been ok in Green park or Hyde Park

Anyway Lancashire won, Clive Lloyd 106, arrived home Thursday tea time after going out for a pint the previous Friday, my mum was well impressed

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Postby blueberry » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:52 am

Freakin' sad... :cry: From one side - they are kicked out of their home country because of their lack of capabilities, but from the other - how come they expect to find vacant positions in a country with standards times higher than Bulgaria?!?

The romanian guy from the orphanage has given all his savings for an air fare (500 EUR)... His fellow citizen just have cheated him by asking 500 EUR...

Just FREAKING sad... :cry:

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IT is a lie

Postby vall74 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:46 am

There are no BG campers. They showed a romanian camper on tv, but no bulgarian. Then the person in charge of Hyde park came forward and said there are no campers there. Today Romania announced that the whole story was a set up in order to get publicity stunt. I live in SE london, and there are very few bulgarians coming.

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from The Times

Postby vall74 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:17 pm

From The TimesApril 5, 2007

BBC report was a set-up, Romania claimsSam Coates, Political Correspondent
The Romanian Embassy has accused the BBC of “stage-managing” a report about immigrants living in Hyde Park.

Raduta Matache, the acting Romanian Ambassador, is demanding a meeting with Mark Thompson, the BBC’s Director-General, because she believes that Newsnight reporters fabricated some or all of an encampment in Hyde Park.

The BBC vehemently denied fabricating any element of the report, aired on Monday, and rejected claims by Mrs Matache that producers had asked a Romanian featured in the programme to bring his own tent to the shoot.

But the Royal Parks, which manages Hyde Park, has also cast doubt on the report, saying that it is “very sceptical” of the idea of an encampment in Hyde Park, particularly of the size shown by Newsnight.

Mrs Matache told The Times: “It’s clear they staged-managed the whole thing. The BBC has a right to examine how the restrictions on Romanians entering Britain work. But the BBC did it in such a way that they may have breached ethics of journalism. “We have a witness who has reasons to believe that part of the report was a set-up. We feel they have resumed the stereotyped coverage of Romanians.”

She said that several of the Romanians who participated in the film had contacted her.

The BBC admitted last night that it had paid Daniel, a 23-year-old Romanian who was one of the central participants. It also admitted that he was no longer sleeping in the encampment when the piece was filmed, despite calling it “home” at the start.

Mrs Matache said that she had not been in touch with Daniel, but hoped to speak to him in the next few days.

A BBC spokesman said: “Any suggestion that Newnight fabricated this story is false. The BBC has cast-iron evidence that the man featured in the report had been living in Hyde Park for some time. The report made it clear that [Daniel] was now off the streets and no longer sleeping in the park. He was paid a small facility fee which is standard procedure.”

A BBC source said that Daniel had got a place in a hostel the day before filming began.

Much of the controversy surrounds the scale of the encampment. Newsnight showed several tents, with cardboard used as flooring and food and drinks packaging and plastic bags littered around a makeshift camp-site. Daniel told the Newsnight reporter Tim Thewell: “It is very difficult here because here in the park stay too much people. It’s horrible.”

A spokesman for Hyde Park admitted that people occasionally slept rough there, but said that there were regular patrols to stop encampments from being set up.

Bruce Sparrow, head of media for the Royal Parks, said: “There has been an incident in Hyde Park over the last few day with this group trying to stay. We take issue with the implication that there has been a gathering over a number of days. Neither site gave any indication that they were on the scale of the pictures we’ve seen. The space simply wouldn’t allow them to put up these sorts of tents.

“There are regular patrols by the Metropolitan Police, while parks staff and ground maintenance contractors look out for evidence of rough sleepers.”

Last year the Romanian Embassy took isssue at media reports based on a leaked Home Office memo about the risks of a rise in some criminal offences that could be committed by citizens of Romania and Bulgaria, such as thefts from cash machines.

Ms Matache said: “We are very proud of Romanians who are living here and working here legally. I believe their achievements should be recognised and highlighted.”



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