Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Gypsy camp near Rome is firebombed

Bombing of Italian Gypsy camp in May 2008. link to photo

Someone decided to imitate the Italian Mafia and firebombed a Roma camp yesterday. Whether authorized by the government or initiated by an Italian terrorist - it is a brutal action.

Berlosconi has intensified the hatred towards the Roma - and has encouraged this by bombing their encampments -- how you expect the Italian populace to act any different?

The Evening Standard (London)

July 23, 2008 Wednesday



ITALIAN police were today investigating a suspected arson attack on a Roma gipsy camp.

Three petrol bombs were thrown onto the ramshackle collection of caravans under a flyover in western Rome from a car above.

The attack last night on the 100-strong community in Magliana comes two months after an attack at Ponticelli in Naples against another Roma camp.

Feeling towards the Roma is running high in Italy as many blame them for soaring petty crime.

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was re-elected three months ago on a tough law and order package and has vowed to clamp down on illegal immigration. He has introduced measure to fingerprint Roma gipsies. Red Cross officials were due to visit the camp in Rome today to carry out the programme.

Mr Berlusconi's government has passed a law which makes him immune from prosecution while in office. It means that the corruption trial involving the prime minister and David Mills, the estranged husband of Olympics minister Tessa Jowell, will continue without the Italian premier. Both men deny any wrongdoing.

from Lexis Nexis

for additional information, click here for previous London Independent article on the Roma

previous dreamacttexas posts on the Roma:
Roma Children's Deaths: Murder? July 22, 2008
The Meaningless Dead, July 21, 2008

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