Estonian TV said Sunday it took the country's Gypsy community six years to find a site and collect money for the monument to about 2,000 Gypsies, who were executed in Kalevi-Lijva together with 4,000 of German, Czechoslovak and Polish Jews during WWII.
Late in April, Estonian authorities removed the Bronze Soldier statue to Soviet soldiers buried in central Tallinn to a military cemetery at the city's outskirts.
The monument's relocation sparked a wave of protests, both in Moscow and Tallinn. Last week Russia expressed deep concern about a lack of response from the European Union to Tallinn's actions and was angered by the reaction of some EU countries, as well as the U.S., which said it was the Baltic state's internal affair and called for dialogue.
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