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Rome Begins Gypsy Census Without Fingerprints

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Rome Begins Gypsy Census Without Fingerprints
City officials and Italian Red Cross workers began a census of Rome's Gypsy population but said Friday that they will not participate in a national push to fingerprint all Gypsies unless they encounter someone suspected of a crime. Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government has drawn a stream of criticism from the European Union and human rights groups since announcing last month it wanted to fingerprint the tens of thousands of Gypsies, children and adults alike, who live in hundreds of encampments built mainly around Rome, Naples and Milan.

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True-Song True-Song 9 years
Oh, jeez. Now I feel like a huge idiot.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Torg - they are an ethnic group. Usually called the Roma or Romani people, they are an ethnic minority throughout Europe. Wikipedia actually has an unusually good breakdown of their history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roma_people
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Haha. I don't know that much about gypsies, are they an ethnic group? That just occurred to me. I hope not, I thought it was more of a lifestyle-descriptor.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
There's a rash of crystal ball thefts whenever they come to town.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
This probably seems more scandalous to us since we think of gypsies we see in movies. Doesn't Rome have a pretty serious crime problem in large part to gypsies?
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