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September 24, 2013

Swedes shocked by police's Roma registry

Minister calls police behaviour 'unsettling, unethical, unacceptable, and illegal'.

Police cars and an ambulance stand in front of the entrance to a building on Storgatan in central Malmo, Sweden 11 October 2010. EPA/ANDREAS HILLERGREN SWEDEN OUT

Outrage erupted in Sweden after revelations that police in Skane county have kept a record of thousands of Roma people, many of whom have never committed crimes. The list, reportedly labelled "itinerants", appears to be based solely on ethnic background and includes 1000 children, some as young as two years old.

The police in Skane say they will launch an investigation into the registry, which may break several laws. The state may be required to pay $6.2 to $12.5 million (40 to 80 million Swedish kronor) in damages over the registry if the police are found to be in violation of certain laws.