ROMA RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA e ROMA DI MARINO: “Mayor Ignazio Marino criticises the British Foreign Office warning tourists in Rome to watch their wallets,” TELEGRAPH U.K. (17|08|2014), Ma, “I Fori Imperiali completamente infestati di ladre minorenni.” ROMA FA SCHIFO (28|08|2014).
— ROMA DI MARINO: I Fori Imperiali completamente infestati di ladre minorenni. Le filmiamo e loro per farci capire che la città è proprietà loro organizzano un disgustoso spogliarello a favore di telecamera. In mezzo a tutti i turisti. Domattina il video sul nostro blog, ROMA FA SCHIFO | FACEBOOK (28|08|2014).
*** WARNING TO ENGLISH SPEAKING TOURIST(S) VISITING – THE AREA OF THE VIA DEI FORI IMPERIALI NEAR THE COLOSSEUM VALLEY PLEASE BEWARE OF A GROUP OF THREE OR FOUR TEENAGE GIRLS AND OTHERS, THESE GIRLS ARE PROFESSIONAL THIEVES PICK-POCKETING TOURISTS ON A DAILY BASIS. UNFORTUNATELY, ROME’S MAYOR IGNAZIO MARINO OR ROME’S POLICE FORCE REFUSES TO STOP THIS TYPE OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE CENTRAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONE OF THE ROMAN AND IMPERIAL FORUMS OF ROME. (August-September 2014).***
*** NOTE FOR BRITISH TOURIST(S) VISITING THE AREA OF THE ROMAN AND IMPERIAL FORUMS PLEASE SEE THE RECENT ADVISORY WARNING FOR BRITISH TOURISTS RECENTLY RELEASED BY THE BRITISH FOREIGN SERVICE OF ROME, AS NOTED IN THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, LONDON, AND THE TIMES OF LONDON, U.K. (17 AUGUST 2014).***
*** PLEASE SEE | s.v., BRITISH TOURISTS ROBBED AND BEATEN IN ROME, ROME’S MAYOR MARINO DOES NOTHING! (27 MARCH 2014) = ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA e BENI CULTURALI: “ALLARME SCIPPI E BORSEGGI – Turisti inglesi malmenati e derubati scrivono a Marino su Facebook,” CORRIERE DELLA SERA & «Roma fa schifo» & Martin G. Conde (27|03|2014).***
— I Fori Imperiali completamente infestati di ladre minorenni. Le filmiamo e loro per farci capire che la città è proprietà loro organizzano un disgustoso spogliarello a favore di telecamera. In mezzo a tutti i turisti. Domattina il video sul nostro blog, ROMA FA SCHIFO | FACEBOOK (28|08|2014).
MARTIN G. CONDE (29|08|2014). Over the course of the last two months or so, both the Italian newspapers in Rome (the La Repubblica, the Il Messaggero and the Corriere Della Sera) and BLOG and FACEBOOK page of Rome Fa Schifo have published numerous articles and video’s especially of these three or four criminals in action actually robbing the tourists along this section of the Via dei Fori Imperiali… ! I am sorry to say this but in the words of my research colleague an expert on the Imperial Fora…, “…[Marino’s] via dei fori imperial is doomed,”(08|2014).
ROMA RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA e ROMA DI MARINO: Ma, “I Fori Imperiali completamente infestati di ladre minorenni.” | Gruppo di ladre si sono impadronite dei Fori Imperiali ROMA FA SCHIFO | YOUTUBE (28|08|2014). Video (02:08).
ROMA RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA e ROMA DI MARINO: Ladri ai Fori Imperiali sfilano portafogli aprendo l’ombrello per non essere ripresi, ROMA FA SCHIFO | YOUTUBE (27|07|2014). Video (01:33).
ROMA RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA e ROMA DI MARINO: Lo scippo in diretta ai Fori Imperiali. A questo sono sottoposti i turisti che visitano Roma, ROMA FA SCHIFO | YOUTUBE (29|04|2014). Video (0:20).
— Rome mayor attacks Foreign Office for pickpocket warning. Mayor Ignazio Marino criticises an advisory released by the British Foreign Office which warns tourists in Rome to watch their wallets at the city tourist hotspots, THE TELEGRAPH, LONDON, U.K., (17|08|2014).
The mayor of Rome has launched a scathing attack on the British Foreign Office after it alerted tourists to the danger of pickpockets in the eternal city.
Mayor Ignazio Marino accused the Foreign Office of spreading lies about Rome and smugly offending Romans, after it warned tourists to watch their wallets at the city’s central station and when catching the notorious number 64 bus to the Vatican, where pickpockets go to work as visitors admire the views.
Tourists are often “hassled and jostled to distract them,” by crooks before accomplices move in to steal belongings, warned the Foreign Office.
That was enough to provoke the furious response from Mr Marino, who called the report “misleading and false.”
He added: “There are proven, international statistics which show that London is much more dangerous than Rome in terms of criminality.”
Romans “welcome with joy all tourists from the UK, but they feel offended by warnings which have a whiff of non-existent superiority,” he said.
Despite his outburst, criminality at Rome’s Termini station has recently caused alarm.
Mr Marino himself announced last month that barriers would be erected at the start of platforms to stop the increasing number of thieves who board trains to steal bags before they leave.
Rome’s police chief Giuseppe Pecoraro said the number of police patrols would be boosted to stem the invasion of pickpockets at the station. Last week, 32 pickpockets were arrested by police at tourist sites around the city, including 21 Romanians. Roma gangs are also known to train up children as pickpockets.
The Foreign Office advisory also warns visitors they might be offered spiked drinks in Italy or robbed in their sleep on night trains.
But Mr Marino said he was more concerned with the perils people face in London, adding that he fully backed the Italian government’s own advisory for Italians visiting the UK which, he said, “alerts them to the dangers of numerous London neighbourhoods.”
On a site linked to the Italian foreign office, tourists heading for London are told that “great attention and caution” is required on public transport since thefts and pickpocketing are on the rise.
More ominously, tourists are told to keep an eye on news bulletins issued by the press or local authorities about possible new flare-ups of public disorder in the wake of the August 2011 riots in the UK.
But journalist Paolo Conti took issue with Mr Marino on Sunday, arguing in Corriere della Sera that “in London’s train stations one is not assaulted by bands of immigrants, most of whom are minors”. Londoners, he added, “are rarely pickpocketed on trains or the tube.”
“Romans are not offended by the UK Foreign Office which is doing its job, dear Mayor Marino, but by those crooks who make life unliveable at the station, the airport and on too many buses.”
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— Rome mayor attacks Foreign Office for pickpocket warning. THE TELEGRAPH, LONDON, U.K., (17|08|2014).