• Short Summary

    IN THE SHADOWS OF SOME OF ROME'S MORE MODERN BUILDINGS LIES BORGO LATINO - A SLUM OF WOOD AND CORRUGATED IRON HOVELS IN WHICH MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE LIVE.

  • Description

    IN THE SHADOWS OF SOME OF ROME'S MORE MODERN BUILDINGS LIES BORGO LATINO - A SLUM OF WOOD AND CORRUGATED IRON HOVELS IN WHICH MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE LIVE. YESTERDAY (SATURDAY), THE INHABITANTS OF BORGO LATINO BEGAN TEARING DOWN AND BURNING THEIR SHACKS IN PROTEST OF THE UNSANITARY CONDITIONS THAT SOME 100,000 ROMANS ARE FORCED TO LIVE IN BECAUSE OF THE CITY'S CHRONIC HOUSING SHORTAGE.

    THIS IS PART OF A WELL-ORGANIZED PLAN TO FORCE THE MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THE PLIGHT OF ROME'S HOMELESS. ALREADY MANY OF THEM HAD MOVED OUT OF THE HOVELS AND INTO UNOCCUPIED BUILDINGS THROUGHOUT THE CITY. NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE MAYOR AND THE COUNCIL-WHICH, THE SQUATTERS CLAIM, HAD NO EFFECT ANYWAY - HAVE NOW REACHED AN IMPASSE, AND COMPROMISE SEEMS NO LONGER POSSIBLE. BY BURNING THEIR SHACKS, THE SLUM-DWELLERS HAVE PUT THE ONUS ON THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL TO FIND THEM HOMES. BUT IN A MEETING LAST TUESDAY (OCTOBER 14), THE COUNCIL IS REPORTED TO HAVE INDICATED THAT NO COORDINATED ACTION OF ANY KIND WOULD BE FORTHCOMING IN THE NEAR FUTURE - AND THE MEETING ENDED IN FIGHTS BETWEEN COUNCILLORS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

    THE SLUM-DWELLERS HAVE TAKEN OVER BUILDINGS IN THE CENTRE OF THE CITY - SO AS TO STRESS THAT THEIR PROBLEM IS NO LONGER A "PERIPHERAL" ONE THAT CAN BE PUSHED ASIDE. POLICE, WHO PUT A STOP TO THE BURNINGS IN BORGO LATINO, OFF THE VIA APPIA, ON THE GROUNDS THAT THEY RISKED SENDING THE WHOLE CITY UP IN FLAMES, ARE POWERLESS TO MOVE THE SQUATTERS OUT OF THE BUILDINGS THEY HAVE OCCUPIED BECAUSE THERE IS NO- WHERE ELSE TO PUT THEM.

    THE SQUATTERS, WHO ARE ALSO PREPARING LEAFLETS TO EXPLAIN THEIR PLIGHT TO THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL, HAVE INDICATED THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DESTROY THEIR SLUMS IN DIFFERENT AREAS UNTIL OFFICIAL ACTION IS TAKEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA1S7HER4OI8AZLM7GT21G3X60
    Media URN:
    VLVAA1S7HER4OI8AZLM7GT21G3X60
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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