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Police Beat Refugees During Eviction: Police used violence and water cannons to evict a group of squatters, predominantly refugees, in Rome on August 24, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The Italian authorities should conduct a serious and transparent investigation into the use of force by police. Hundreds of people who had been living in the building on the Piazza Indipendenza urgently need alternative accommodation.

Without advance notice or alternative arrangements, police began evicting hundreds of mainly Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees and asylum seekers from the building on August 19. The majority left that day. According to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, about 200 people, 50 of them women, had remained outside the building in protest, sleeping there. About 100 people, including families with children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities, remained in the building. Police arrived in force around 6 a.m. on August 24 to clear those remaining inside the building and the square outside.

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Police Beat Refugees During Eviction: Police used violence and water cannons to evict a group of squatters, predominantly refugees, in Rome on August 24, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The Italian authorities should conduct a serious and transparent investigation into the use of force by police. Hundreds of people who had been living in the building on the Piazza Indipendenza urgently need alternative accommodation.Without advance notice or alternative arrangements, police began evicting hundreds of mainly Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees and asylum seekers from the building on August 19. The majority left that day. According to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, about 200 people, 50 of them women, had remained outside the building in protest, sleeping there. About 100 people, including families with children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities, remained in the building. Police arrived in force around 6 a.m. on August 24 to clear those remaining inside the building and the square outside.g