Migrants rest outside the Tiburtina station while they wait for volunteers of the Baobab association who distribute food and basic necessities | Photo: ANSA
Migrants rest outside the Tiburtina station while they wait for volunteers of the Baobab association who distribute food and basic necessities | Photo: ANSA

Italian police have cleared out a migrant camp managed by the Baobab Experience organization near the Tiburtina train station in Rome. According to the organization, the was the 34th eviction carried out by police in Rome.

The organization Baobab Experience in Rome said on Monday that police cleared out a migrant camp it manages in Rome's Piazzale Spadolini near the Tiburtina station.

It was the 34th eviction carried out by security forces, Baobab coordinator Andrea Costa said. "As soon as the (coronavirus) lockdown ended, they resumed evictions," the organization said in a statement.

"We were ignored during Phase 1 of the COVID-19 emergency, left in the street without protection and exposed to the risk of contagion," the association said in a post published on Facebook. "Now that the lockdown is over, we volunteers and migrants are once again a nuisance. Invisible when everybody was home, in a deserted city, now that the world is repopulated and eyes start looking outside again, we must disappear. We are once again unseemly - dust under the carpet."

The eviction has sparked some criticism against the administration of Mayor Virginia Raggi of the Five Star Movement. Marta Bonafoni, whip in the Lazio regional council of the list of Governor and PD leader Nicola Zingaretti, said the eviction represented "once again the sign of the failure of the integration policies carried out by the city of Rome." She called on Rome's administration "to take charge of the situation and to seek, together with associations and other institutional actors, a definitive solution for these people who can't be treated in this way by a city like ours, with a millennial tradition of integration."
 

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