Italy: like it’s 1939

“Recent weeks have seen heightened tensions between Italian authorities and the country’s Roma minority amid a crackdown by Silvo Berlusconi’s government targeting illegal immigrants and talk by government officials of a “Roma emergency” that has seen the 150,000-strong migrant group blamed for rising street crime.

That has provided justification for police raids on Roma camps and controversial government plans to fingerprint all Roma — an act condemned by the European Parliament and United Nations officials as a clear act of racial discrimination. Popular resentment against Romanies has also seen Roma camps near Naples attacked and set on fire with petrol bombs by local residents.”

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