With anti-Roma sentiment running high in Craica, Romania; Roma community living in informal settlement surrounded by apartheid wall build by the local city government, were issued with eviction notices and demolitions of their homes began in 2012 by the same government  .
The government decided to force hundreds of Roma, who until then had lived for decades in a very bad environmental condition ghetto; into even worse toxic and contaminated settlement: a former chemical laboratory of the chemical factory called CUPROM .
Roma people refused to leave their already precarious and degraded neighbourhood, because they knew that the CUPROM factory has served as a hazardous and toxic waste disposal site. The factory among Romanians is known as a "plant of death" .
The city mayor of Baia Mare issued the eviction process, and the local police forcibly took Roma on trucks and drew them to the factory  . This abandoned copper factory, was one of the most polluting in Romania. For decades, toxic chemicals were used and produced here . The Roma community is familiar with the polluted and toxic conditions, as they worked in the factor until socialism breakdown in 1989  . And it worked again from 2003 until 2012 .
In the chemical laboratory of the factory, now a living environment for the Roma, nobody from the government officials had ensured a healthy environment. The walls had been whitewashed prior to the eviction, but inside the rooms there were still chemical substances left over. The Roma again were forced by police to collect the toxic substances with no protection clothes nor gloves provided  .
A Roma member went to see the alternative housing in CUPROM for herself and stated: “There were some iron wardrobes with a lot of jars… marked with a "danger" sign .
In just a few hours, 22 Roma children and two adults showed symptoms of poisoning. Emergency medical services were alerted, so ambulances with medical staff and oxygen masks, assisted the poisoned Roma, who were then taken to hospital  .
Some Roma people in Craica resisted and did not move to the toxic factory, but their homes are considered unofficial and not recognised by the authorities . Those forced to live in the chemical factory still remain living there, no alternative plan until today (2019) has been made and Roma community still lack healthy environmental living conditions  .