Bulldozers demolishing shacks used by migrants near Foggia | PICTURE: ANSA
Bulldozers demolishing shacks used by migrants near Foggia | PICTURE: ANSA

Italian authorities have demolished ten illegal buildings used by migrants in the southern area of Borgo Mezzanone near Foggia. The buildings were used as shops but also featured a nightclub and a brothel.

A total of 200 security officers including Carabinieri, tax police and soldiers demolished illegal buildings in the shanty town of Borgo Mezzanotte. The shanty town is located right next to the CARA Center for asylum seekers, a few kilometers from the southern city of Foggia. 

The first part of the operation started on February 20, when a discotheque, a brothel and a workshop were razed to the ground by officials. Officials said that none of the torn-down buildings were used as homes. However,  local officials have said that the entire shanty town will be torn down over the next few months.

A probe into the use of the buildings was opened after a fire in that vicinity in October and another one in November last year, in which an immigrant died.

A reported 1,000 migrants currently live in the shanty town, which is located in an area previously used as the runway of an former military airport. The number of migrants in that area typically doubles during the summer when tomato farmers need more workers to harvest their crops. 

 

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