The President of the Italian Council of Ministers, Giorgia Meloni, has announced that her government has launched a “war” against illegal occupation. “The era in which the state looked the other way in the face of legality is over,” she said on her Twitter account.
In a video posted on social media on Monday, Meloni reviewed the latest measures and achievements of her government, including the fight against the mafia and organised crime, as well as the seizure of drugs, counterfeit goods and weapons.
In addition to this fight, Meloni said, “there has been a new development in recent weeks, and that is that this government has launched its own, shall we say, war against illegal occupations”. The president of the Italian government pointed out that her country has begun to do “what has not been done before”: “proceed with the eviction of illegally occupied homes”.
Meloni said that in recent weeks, 10 social housing units in Rome had been evicted, some of them 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, a total of 91 squats, and a school building that was entirely occupied by non-EU nationals were evicted,” said the Italian leader. In addition, 11 were evicted in Turin, 16 in Naples and 17 in Foggia, in an effort that her government 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 must go to the needy, not to criminal families; it must go to families who have no possibility of having a home and who often find themselves sleeping under a bridge because social housing is occupied by criminal families,” she explained.
Meloni pointed out that this is an issue in which his government is doing “what it has to do” and thanked the judiciary, the police forces, the Ministry of the Interior and the prefectures for the work they are doing together.