Italy squatters plea for stop to evictions for pope's 'Year of Mercy'

Italian police clashed with squatters in central Rome Tuesday during a housing rights demonstration, with protesters saying evictions should be put on hold during Pope Francis’s “Year of Mercy”. Demonstrators held a sit-in atop scaffolding on a building opposite Rome’s prefecture and hung banners reading “Stop evictions” and “We are not terrorists”. In the street below, some 100 Italians and foreigners called for Rome to address a growing housing crisis.

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