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Once upon a time, was the Roma camp
Under the railway bridge “Bacula” in Milan was the nomad camp 

Under the railway bridge “Bacula” in Milan was the nomad camp 
 
Yet another evacuation in Milan. That day, the slums under the overpass “Bacula” were dismantled and many of the Romanians who had been living there were removed. To prevent them from reoccupying the area, construction on a the fence was begun immediately. So then there would be the wall to keep the Romanians away. 
“This is my house, if you want, demolish it but me and my son  …we shall be dead”, was screamed Petre, while the bulldozers had already started to demolish the expanse of huts.  
The shaken man had wanted to throw himself under the train that was coming. He held in his arms his son who was about 5 years old. Dozens of officers surrounded him. In the end, the man remained still. 
The Romanians lived in that place for approximately one year: between the tracks of the Northern Railway in Milan, along with the garbage, without water or toilets, among the mountains of waste and wood huts and lakes of mud. The roof was the viaduct, the walls were old wooden boards and the doors and windows were sheets of cellophane. 
After the last evacuation of the nomad’s camp “Bovisasca”, which happened in Milan last July, the most of the families had moved from under the bridge “Bacula”. Who knows where they will go now. The next area of intervention will be the ex “Marchiondi” where there is another camp. 
In the slums there were usually more then 150 people, but in the moment of evacuation only about 70 people were found. Among them, five families were accepted and accommodated at the House of Charity, supported by the Municipality. But this accommodation is temporary and it is reserved only for families which are comprised of working parents who send their children to school. 
 
Returning to the background of this story, a lot of controversy already existed within the local government. Many appeals had also arrived from the Italian and European humanitarian associations. 
Amnesty International noted that "The forced evacuation, carried out without legal protection and assistance, are sanctioned by international standards as a violation of human rights, in particular the right to adequate housing." The administration is required to think that the evacuation could be a last resort and only in respect of all guarantees provided by international law. 
However, the deputy mayor of Milan, Roberto De Corato, said that with this dismantling of the slums, they have ended one of the last abusive occupations, which posed a serious threat of degradation and danger. 
The town could also build the Roma village. The money already exists. But the municipal assessor for Social Services, Mariolina Moioli, explained that they will not build individual houses, but rather a kind of prefabricated house, which could be removed at any time. 
 In 2008 in Milan, there were 22 intervention clearings in addition to 60 transactions in 2007 and 350 removals from the streets between 2007 and 2008. 

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