Italian law enforcement officers use water cannons to disperse migrants, in downtown Rome, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
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Police using water cannon and batons clashed Thursday with refugees who had occupied a small Rome square in defiance of an order to leave a building where they had been squatting.Refugees were screaming and trying to hit police, who were dressed in riot gear, with sticks.Some 100 refugees had occupied Piazza Indipendenza since Saturday, when most of about 800 squatters were evicted from an adjacent office building they had occupied for about five years.Most of the squatters were Eritreans who had been granted asylum.Police said they had refused to accept lodging offered by the city.
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