|With an unjustified timing, without warning and in the coldest day of the year, during a snowfall, the gipsy camp in Via dell'imbarco, was evacuated again. The camp lies under the Roma Fiumicino motorway bridge, in a isolated area of the countryside between the city and the Tevere river.
The evacuation began at the first hours of the day. The camp gives shelter to about 100 families, i.e. to nearly 400 people, the half of whom are children.
More than the half of the inhabitants had been regularly registered in a previous settlement, others are asylum seekers, whose request has not been answered by the Central Commission. The city authorities have long promised a solution, but no plan for the temporary housing of the evacuated people was made. The Community of Sant'Egidio is trying to avoid more tragic consequences.
The Community of Sant’Egidio expresses its indignation for the evacuation in a snowy day. The settlement has existed for a long time and there was no need to evacuate it with no warning and with no alternative solution. The Community thinks that the evacuation is dangerous and not justified by public order, social policy or town planning reasons and asks those who were responsible of it to stop any other intervention in the future, to find alternative solutions and to open a forum on social policies in Rome to avoid new persecutory actions against a weak part of the population and against its children.|