Rome police evict Italian and migrant squatters from former school

Rome police evict Italian and migrant squatters from former school

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Italy have riot police to hold of migrants in Rome.

Italian police have evicted migrants and others from an abandoned former school on Rome’s outskirts in the latest operation to empty occupied buildings of migrants and squatters.

Residents set fire to mattresses and other rubbish to form a barrier and prevent riot police from entering the building.

But authorities doused the blaze and proceeded with the eviction.

Interior minister Matteo Salvini, who has championed a crackdown on migrants, said Italy had “no tolerance” for anyone who illegally occupies abandoned buildings.

He said the structure was dangerous and put women and children living there at risk.

City hall officials said they were providing alternative housing for the nearly 200 people affected.

Rome has a long history of squatters, with Italians and migrants alike lamenting a lack of affordable housing.

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