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Italian Interior Minister Takes Aim at Roma with Census

Italian Interior Minister Takes Aim at Roma with Census

Monday, 18 June 2018 12:38 PM

ROME (AP) — Italy's hard-line interior minister, who recently sparked a Europe-wide showdown by refusing entry to a rescue boat packed with 630 migrants, is now taking aim at Italy's minority Roma community.

Minister Matteo Salvini told a Lombardy television Monday that he has wants to conduct a census of Roma in Italy to identify them.

Salvini told TeleLombardia TV: "I've asked the ministry to prepare a dossier on the Roma question in Italy." He called the current situation of Roma, also known as Gypsies, "chaos."

His remarks sparked immediate denunciations from center-left politicians, who warned that Italy had a "terrible" history with its Fascist-era census of Jews.

Italy has a sizeable Roma community. Authorities periodically clear out the squatter camps where many Roma on the outskirts of big cities.

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