The urgency to tackle the Romany population in Rome was triggered off in May 2008 when a woman, resident from the district of Ponticelli, on the northern outskirts of Naples, accused a young Romany of attempting to kidnap her daughter. The incident stirred up considerable clamor amongst the media even though there was no evidence of such a happening and no police investigations took place. On May 13 about 60 people, using Molotov cocktails, attacked the big Romany camp forcing the inhabitants to hastily escape to other nearby encampments. The Romany spent the whole day barricaded inside the camp which was besieged by local residents urging them to leave immediately. After an exhausting day of tension the Romany from Ponticelli were escorted out of the neighbourhood by the police. Some left for Romania while many others have found hospitality in other camps in the city. This is the story of that day.