The President of the Italian Council of Ministers, Giorgia Meloni, has announced that her government has launched a “war” against squatting.
“The era in which the State looked the other way in the face of legality is over,” said the Italian leader on her Twitter account.
Through a video posted on social networks on Monday, Meloni reviewed the latest measures and achievements of the Executive over which she presides; among them, the fight against the mafia and organized crime, as well as the seizure of drugs, counterfeit products, and weapons.
To this fight, said Meloni, “a novelty has been added in recent weeks, and that is that this Government has started its own, let’s say, the war against squatting”.
The President of the Italian Executive pointed out that her country has begun to do “what was not being done before”, “to proceed with the eviction of illegally occupied homes”.
Meloni affirmed that, in the last few weeks, 10 social housing units had been evicted in Rome, some occupied by criminal families.
In addition, three private homes and one belonging to the Italian Social Security Institute were also evicted.
“In Milan, a social housing complex was evicted, a total of 91 squats, and a school building that non-EU citizens entirely occupied,” said the Italian leader.
In addition, 11 were evicted in Turin, 16 in Naples, and 17 in Foggia, in a work that his Executive plans to continue in the coming weeks.
“The era in which the State looked the other way in the face of criminality and those who do not respect the rules is over,” said the President of the Council of Ministers.
“Social housing buildings must go to the needy, not to criminal families; they must go to families who have no possibility of housing and who often find themselves sleeping under a bridge because criminal families occupy social housing,” she explained.
Meloni pointed out that this is an issue in which his government is doing “what it has to do” and thanked the work that, in that sense, is being carried out jointly by the Judiciary, the police forces, the Ministry of the Interior, and the prefectures.
With information from LGI