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Hundreds of immigrants, mostly illegal temporary workers from sub-Saharan Africa, have been evacuated from an Italian town, authorities said on Sunday, following some of the worst racial violence in Italy since World War II, Reuters reports.
The evacuation followed three days of clashes in the Calabrian town of Rosarno, which began when some local residents began attacking immigrants who responded by rioting. At least 53 people, including 18 policemen, were injured in the unrest in the town, located in the South-West of the country.
Interior minister Roberto Maroni said the government had â€œbrilliantly resolved the problem of public orderâ€? and thanked police for organising the exodus â€œin an exemplary way.â€?