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Italy: Priest protects runaway refugees from police after camp eviction01:58

Italy: Priest protects runaway refugees from police after camp eviction

Italy, Ventimiglia
May 30, 2016 at 09:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Between 60 and 70 male refugees found temporary shelter at the parish of St Nicholas da Tolentino in Ventimiglia, Sunday, after police officers evicted the asylum seekers from a makeshift camp at the mouth of the Roya River near the town's train station.

Father Francis Marcoaldi said that he was not going to allow the police to enter the parish and the refugees would be provided with food and water. "Of course if they come with a warrant from the court, that is another thing, I can’t do anything about it. But not as spontaneous decision. Then if the people want to leave, it is ok, but I don't want to see any kind of violence. No way" said Father Marcoaldi.

The police operation began after the local mayor ordered the eviction of the asylum seekers from the makeshift camp, allegedly for public safety and hygiene reasons.

Italy: Priest protects runaway refugees from police after camp eviction01:58
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Between 60 and 70 male refugees found temporary shelter at the parish of St Nicholas da Tolentino in Ventimiglia, Sunday, after police officers evicted the asylum seekers from a makeshift camp at the mouth of the Roya River near the town's train station.

Father Francis Marcoaldi said that he was not going to allow the police to enter the parish and the refugees would be provided with food and water. "Of course if they come with a warrant from the court, that is another thing, I can’t do anything about it. But not as spontaneous decision. Then if the people want to leave, it is ok, but I don't want to see any kind of violence. No way" said Father Marcoaldi.

The police operation began after the local mayor ordered the eviction of the asylum seekers from the makeshift camp, allegedly for public safety and hygiene reasons.

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