• Short Summary

    SEVERAL HUNDRED HOMELESS PEOPLE AND SHACK-DWELLERS IN ROME HAVE DEMONSTRATED IN THE STREETS AND OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT DEMANDING HOUSES.

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    SEVERAL HUNDRED HOMELESS PEOPLE AND SHACK-DWELLERS IN ROME HAVE DEMONSTRATED IN THE STREETS AND OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT DEMANDING HOUSES.

    THE PROTESTERS WHO FORMED UP OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SHOUTED "HOUSES, HOUSES". THEY CALLED OUT THE NAME OF THE PRIME MINISTER, SIGNOR MARIANO RUMOR, AND ADDED... "TONIGHT WE ARE COMING TO TAKE OVER YOUR HOUSE."
    THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 70-THOUSAND OF THE HOMELESS IN ROME LIVING IN SQUALID AND INSANITARY HOVELS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY. THE SHACKS CONSIST OF CORRUGATED IRON, WOODEN PLANKS, AND SCRAP AND EVEN REFUSE.

    RECENTLY THE HOMELESS AND SHACK-DWELLERS HAVE BEEN TAKING OVER UNINHABITED BUILDINGS IN ROME AND LIVING IN THEM UNTIL FORCIBLY EJECTED BY POLICE.

    THE CRITICAL HOUSING SHORTAGE IS ONE OF ROME'S MOST CONSISTENT PROBLEMS AND AN ESTIMATED 200-THOUSAND NEW ROOMS ARE NEEDED FOR THE HOMELESS AND INADEQUATELY HOUSED.

    MANY OF THE SO-CALLED SHACK-DWELLERS LIVE WITHOUT LIGHT OR WATER OR DRAINAGE. CHILDREN FALL SICK WITH INTESTINAL DISEASE, AND RATS WHICH ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY AGGRESSIVE, ARE ADDING TO THE PROBLEM.

    A RECENT SURVEY BY A SOCIAL WELFARE ORGANISATION SHOWED THAT II PER CENT OF THE SHACK-DWELLERS HAVE RHEUMATIC DISEASES AND 10 PER CENT TUBERCULOSIS.

    ON WEDNESDAY (OCT. 8) SHACK-DWELLERS FORCED THEIR WAY INTO AN EMPTY APARTMENT BUILDING IN ROME. SOME 150 SQUATTERS OCCUPIED 38 FLATS IN THE BUILDING WHICH HAS NO ELECTRICITY AND IS SCHEDULED FOR RECONSTRUCTION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADTNC4IQAPE6OW1KLFQXOZFLRA
    Media URN:
    VLVADTNC4IQAPE6OW1KLFQXOZFLRA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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