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Clashes in Rome as police evict refugee squatters

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 01:06

Italian police clashed with refugees in Rome on Thursday after they were evicted from a building they had occupied for five years. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Police using a water cannon and batons clashed on Thursday (August 24) with refugee squatters who had occupied a small Rome square in defiance of an eviction order. Video images showed some of the refugees screaming and trying to hit police, who were dressed in riot gear, with sticks in the square strewn with mattresses, overturned rubbish bins and broken plastic chairs. Some 100 refugees had occupied the square since Saturday (August 19) when about 800 squatters were evicted from an adjacent office building they had occupied for about five years. Most of the squatters were Eritreans who had been granted asylum. Police said in a statement they decided to intervene because they had information that the refugees were planning to use gas canisters and Molotov cocktails. It said the refugees had refused to accept lodging offered by the city. It said some gas canisters had already been opened, the police said, adding that agents were hit by rocks, bottles and pepper spray. They said two people were arrested.

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Clashes in Rome as police evict refugee squatters

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 01:06