Violent attacks against Roma in the Ponticelli district of Naples

    Violenti attacchi contro la popolazione rom nel quartiere Ponticelli di Napoli, Italia

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) commissioned this report immediately after the violent anti-Roma incidents which took place in Italy in May of 2008. The purpose of the report is to provide the Community and its Member States with a factual overview of the situation during these months in Italy. Whilst the main focus of this report is on the events relating to Roma, some information is also related to other minority groups. That is because measures taken by the Italian government in response to the events were simultaneously packaged with measures affecting irregular immigrants, and because the climate of public opinion generated by the Roma events also manifested itself in attacks on non-Roma immigrants.