San Remo installs anti-homeless benches

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San Remo authorities have installed anti-homeless benches in the Riviera town's central gardens. Bench photo: Shutterstock
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The glitzy Italian Riviera town of San Remo has moved to banish homeless people from its central gardens by installing “anti-homeless” benches.

The benches in the gardens on via Mombello have been replaced by single seats in an bid by the authorities to prevent homeless people from sleeping on them, Liguria Notizie reported.

But residents have complained that the single seats make it difficult for them to socialize with friends, the news site said.

San Remo, located close to the French border, is famous for its flower growing industry and its casino.

It is also the host of the annual the Sanremo Song Festival.

Anti-homeless benches, gates and benches have cropped up across Europe in recent years.

In some Italian cities, such as Padua, Trieste and Treviso, benches have been completely removed from the centre, while in Bologna and Verona they’ve been replaced with designs that make them difficult to stretch out on.

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Meanwhile, a French mayor sparked outrage on Christmas Eve after installing cages around public benches in the centre of Angouleme, in south-west France.

Xavier Bonnefont, a right-wing mayor, was criticized for his lack of empathy and Christmas spirit.

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