Rome's slum dwellers last week embarked on a new round of protests at the failure of local authorities to provide long-promised new housing.
Rome's slum dwellers last week embarked on a new round of protests at the failure of local authorities to provide long-promised new housing. For years some 30-thousand families have been living in temporary accommodation in barracks. Last week they decided it was time for a new protest and began "squat-downs" on the roofs of the Mayor's house and a church near the Roman Forum. They intend to stay there till they get what they consider a satisfactory response from Rome's Council.
SYNOPSIS: The former barracks lack the most elementary facilities. They have no windows, no proper water supplies, and although children as well as adults are living in them, are recognised by the local authority as unsafe....
Right outside the mayor's house the slum-dwellers have staged their new protest. They climbed the roof overlooking his residence last week, and now refuse to come down until they're satisfied the housing promised for years will be provided. Food is hoisted to them so they can hold their ground -- on the mayor's rooftop.
There's no lack of support for them. Not far away, on the ??? of the Roman Forum -- one of the city's great Tourist Traps -- the rooftop of a prominent church had attracted another band of demonstrators.