The Sinti family had been staying on the side of a road on the edge of agricultural land in lonato, in the province of Brescia for about 2 months. Local residents had reportedly complained about the presence of the Sinti prior to the attack on 2nd January.
No one else from the family was injured but two of the caravans containing almost all of their belongings were completely destroyed.
This is the second case in less than a year where caravans or trailers occupied by Roma have been set ablaze in the North of Italy. In May 2018, a campervan sleeping three adults and four children was set on fire and destroyed in Beinasco, near Turin. Fortunately, the people living in it managed to escape in time and no one was injured.
The recent arson near Brescia occured in the administrative region of Lombardi, the stronghold of Mateo Salvini’s anti-Roma and anti-migrant Lega party (formerly known as Lega Nord) who have called for a national census of Roma living in Italy.
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