EU Blasts Italy Over Gypsy Fingerprinting
Proposal to fight crime is racist and must stop, parliament says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2008 1:00 PM CDT
European Commissioner for Employment, Social affairs and Equal opportunities Vladimir Spidla addresses the European Parliament about the situation of gypsies in Italy in Strasbourg eastern France.   (AP Photo/Cedric Joubert)
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(Newser) – Italy’s mandatory fingerprinting of its Gypsy minority is "an act of discrimination based on race and ethnic origin" and should be stopped, the European Parliament said in a resolution passed today. The assembly voted 336-220, with 77 abstentions, to condemn the practice—though the resolution is not binding, the AP notes. Italy continues to defend the program as a necessary measure to fight street crime.