It sounds like a bittersweet Christmas story, but in the end, with a lot of good deeds, the case seems to be closed. During the Christmas Eve lunch, the non-profit organization “Pro Teto” and the Instagram channel “Milanobellatadio”For homeless people in Milan, there was a Christmas atmosphere of solidarity and sharing. The prestigious location of Galeria Vittorio Emanuele provided a suggestive backdrop, but everything was soon overshadowed by the arrival of the traffic police, who removed everything and imposed a fine of 230 euros for illegally occupying public land. Organizers didn't expect the gallery's Christmas Eve lunch for about ten homeless people to end like this. Fernando Baron, president of the Pro Teto Association, wonders what they should expect for New Year's Day after this episode. Every year, he explains Newspaper, on December 24th in the gallery or under the windows of the municipality, on New Year's Eve the association “raises awareness” of the situation of the homeless in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, distributing codecino and pulses. streets. And journalist Vittorio Feltri decided to pay the fine for the association. “I paid for it so the cruel mayor would have more money to waste.”
Milan municipality fines homeless people 230 euros for eating lunch in Galeria I paid it so the cruel mayor would have more money to waste.
— Vittorio Feltri (@vfeltri) December 28, 2023
“We've been doing it for 4 years, but nobody kicked us out”
“We've been doing it for 4 years”, says Baron, “every year the police come. They congratulate us, we exchange greetings and that's it. However, this year, they ordered us to remove everything, removed the tables, and then fined us: illegal public land 230 euros for occupying. Five minutes would have been enough and we would have all left,” he continues his conversation with Serena Coppetti. It didn't take long for social controversy to mount against Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Milan, who, on the one hand, was “photographed while working in a soup kitchen” and, on the other, had yet to intervene. This thing. Barron, however, is keen to tame the controversy by noting: “Everything was focused on the fine, which was really fair and nobody fought it. But the real problem of many people sleeping on the streets was not addressed. We'll see what happens on New Year's Day. Some people took advantage of it, but We have been organizing this event for 7 years.
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