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> It may be a coincedence. The authorities say the Roma's lease on the properties expired. But it comes just weeks after their new hard line and far right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, called for a census of the group and for any foreigners among them to be kicked out.
>> I was sleeping with my children and my wife this morning. The police knocked at my door. They woke me up to get us out of the prefabricated home that belongs to the municipality.>>
>> Steve Scherer is with the Reuters Rome Bureau.>> Salvini has made his main slogan regarding the Roma Camps, bulldozer. He wants to bulldoze them all. And he's been saying that for years. So he often goes around wearing t-shirts with a bulldozer on them. People give him little toy bulldozers when he goes around the country.
In a way, talking about a census is a step back from just pledging to destroy them all.>> To be clear, many Roma are not foreigners and those that are generally come from Romania, another European Union state and part of the free movement policy that the EU's built on.
But Roma camps are a thorny issue in Italy. Many live in squalor, without running water and Salvini supporters allege they're hot beds of crime.>> There has been an attempt to give them some money, basically so that they could rent their own apartments. But Italians won't rent them their apartments because they don't know how many people will live there, they don't trust them.
>> That said, Salvini reluctantly admitted this month, unfortunately, we'll have to keep the Italian Roma because we can't expel them.