Now Italy Evicts Gypsies

One camp razed this week
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2010 5:37 AM CDT
Two French plainclothes police officers walk through a Gypsy squatters' camp in Aix-en- Provence, southern France.   (AP Photo/Patrick Gherdoussi)
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(Newser) – Rome's right-wing mayor has followed France's lead and renewed a crackdown on gypsy camps around the city. One camp was razed this week, and officials said some 20 people have accepted an offer of voluntary repatriation, though many more fled before the bulldozers arrived, the Telegraph reports.

France is continuing to expel large numbers of gypsies despite criticism from the United Nations. Hungary's far right Jobbik party, meanwhile, wants to round up the country's gypsies and put them in camps to remove "criminal elements" from society, the Wall Street Journal reports. "We would transport these families to public order protection camps," said a spokesman for Hungary's third-largest party, who rejected Nazi comparisons. "These are not ghettos, they are camps to protect public order," he said. (Read more Hungary stories.)

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