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More than 800 migrants rescued at sea head to Italy

Hundreds have been saved from traffickers' boats in the Mediterranean

A charity ship sailed toward a Sicilian port with 236 people rescued in the Mediterranean from traffickers’ boats, while Italian coast guard and border police brought 532 others to a tiny island.

The maritime rescue group SOS Mediterranee said a ship it operates, Ocean Viking, pulled the migrants to safety four days ago from two rubber dinghies.

Upon instructions from Italian authorities, the Ocean Viking was sailing to Augusta, Sicily, with its passengers, who it said included 119 unaccompanied minors.

SOS Mediterranee said some passengers told rescuers they were beaten by smugglers based in Libya and forced to embark on the unseaworthy dinghies despite high waves.

On Italy’s southern island of Lampedusa, which is closer to North Africa than to the Italian mainland, Mayor Salvatore Martello said migrants from four boats that needed rescue stepped ashore overnight. They were brought to safety by Italian coast guard and customs police boats.

Separately, an Italian navy vessel rescued 49 migrants, Italian state TV reported.

Still in the central Mediterranean Sea on Saturday was another charity boat, Sea-Watch 4, which with 308 people aboard who had been rescued in four separate operations from trafficker-launched vessels, Sea-Watch said in a statement.

The first rescue, of 44 people, took place on Thursday, it said.

Sea-Watch 4 has requested a port to disembark the migrants from both Italy and Malta.

“The fact that we, as a civil rescue ship, saved so many people from distress at sea in such a short time again demonstrates the fundamental rescue gap European states have created at the world’s most dangerous maritime border,” said Hannah Wallace Bowman, the head of mission for Sea-Watch 4.

Warmer weather in the spring often increases the number of vessels launched toward Europe by Libya-based migrant traffickers.

Humanitarian groups have been urging European Union nations to resume the deployment of military vessels on rescue patrols in the Mediterranean.

After hundreds of thousands of rescued migrants, many of them ineligible for asylum, were brought to Italy by ships from the coast guard, navy, border police and other nations, large-scale rescue operations in the sea north of Libya were ended.

Italy has been equipping and training the Libyan coast guard to rescue migrants in their search-and-rescue area and to discourage traffickers.

Human rights groups and UN agencies have denounced inhumane treatment at Libyan detention centres, where migrants rescued or intercepted by the Libyan coast guard are taken. They say migrants endure beatings, rapes and insufficient rations.
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They say migrants endure beatings, rapes
Er...who's doing the beating and raping?
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Pakistani girl feared dead in Italy after refusing arranged marriage with cousin


Police in Italy are searching for the body of an 18-year-old girl suspected to have been killed by her Pakistani family after refusing an arranged marriage.

The girl's parents, an uncle and two cousins are under investigation for murder, lieutenant colonel Stefano Bove of the Carabinieri police said on Saturday.

All “are supposed to have taken part in the crime”, he told reporters, while officers were combing through farmland to find the missing girl, Saman Abbas.

Bove said Carabinieri were inspecting “wells, irrigation canals and greenhouses”.

Saman Abbas, who lived in the northern town of Novellara, last year rebelled against her family's plan to have her wedded to a cousin in their home country.

While still a minor, she turned to social services and in November was moved into a shelter home. She also reported her parents to police, but on April 11 returned to them.

Police has been searching for her since May 5, when officers visited her house and found nobody, triggering an investigation.
Officers then discovered that the girl's parents had left for Pakistan without her, and found images from a nearby security camera that made them fear the worst.

Late on April 29, five people can be seen walking off from the house holding shovels, a crowbar and a bucket, and returning after about two-and-a-half hours.

The Carabinieri have identified the five as the family members suspected of murder. All are believed to have left Italy for Pakistan.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people took part in a solidarity rally for the missing girl organised on Friday night by the town hall of Novellara.

“Saman, tonight you are not alone and you will never again be alone,” Mayor Elena Carletti said in a video posted on local news website Reggioonline.
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Italian judge dismisses case against NGO ship captain who rammed patrol boat to offload illegal migrants

German activist Carola Rackete says "the fight is far from over" in what may be a sign that she has no plans to end her activities transporting migrants to Europe

An Italian judge has dropped the case against migrant taxi NGO captain and far-left activist Carola Rackete, who in 2019 rammed a patrol boat in the port of Lampedusa in order to offload a group of illegal migrants.

The case against Rackete, a 33-year-old German national, was officially dropped last Wednesday after prosecutors requested that the Judge for Preliminary Investigations (GIP) do. The judge attempted to justify the decision by emphasizing that the patrol boat Rackete had crushed against the dock “is not considered a warship”. The case’s dismissal follows a separate ruling in July 2019 which saw another GIP judge recommend that the charges against Rackete be dropped since she had acted “in a state of need”.

Although the judge’s decision in the previous case was appealed by the Agrigento public prosecutor’s office, the decision was ultimately upheld by the Italian supreme court in February 2020, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.

The case against the German far-left activist dates back to the night of June 29, 2019, when Rackete — while serving as the captain of the Sea Watch 3 ship — defied Italy’s blockade of migrant NGO transport ships and rammed Guardia di Finanza patrol boats in an attempt to offload 42 illegal migrants at port on the island of Lampedusa. Prosecutors argued that Rackete’s maneuver endangered the lives of soldiers and migrants.

Later that night, upon setting foot on Italian territory, Rackete was arrested for “resistance or violence against a warship” at the request of the local prosecutor. However, just a few days later she was released by the same investigating judge who closed the case last week.

At the time, Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, had enacted a policy which denied all NGO migrant transport ships access to Italian ports. Reacting to the judge’s decision to dismiss the case, Salvini — the leader of the populist League party — said: “The prosecutors say that Carola Rackete should not be tried? I’ll let them judge, I only say that in 2019, 1,200 illegal immigrants landed. Now, we’re almost at 14,000.”

Giorgia Meloni, a political ally of Salvini who heads the conservative Brothers of Italy Party (FdL), denounced the judge’s decision on social media, writing: "What respect can Italy have in the world if the state is allowed to be humiliated in this way."

Sea Watch Spokesperson Giorgia Linardi said the judge’s decision to dismiss the case against Rackete was a “logical conclusion”.

Salvatore Tesoriero, one of Rackete's lawyers, also commented on the ruling, saying: "These decisions have a very important legal and political significance because they re-establish the hierarchy of the values ​​at stake."

Rackete, in a video posted to Twitter, also commented on the judge’s decision, while also noting that there’s still an open investigation against her regarding a similar matter.

“The rescue mission with Sea-Watch, meant using privileges like EU passports or free education, to be in solidarity with people fighting against racist power structures that maintain injustice," the 33-year-old activist wrote in the social media post.

“This fight is far from over, and we should all be part of it, thus highlighting how this is only the beginning and how the battle is still long,” she concluded.
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Migration is intensifying again, warns Frontex

Last year, coronavirus froze not only ordinary travel in Europe but illegal migration as well. Migration is now on the rise again as the measures ease. This was stated by the European Frontex agency, which sees growing numbers of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea, but also in the Balkans. On the contrary, the eastern route through Turkey and Greece is not so widely used.

In June alone, Frontex recorded 11,150 illegal crossings of the European Union’s external border. This is a 69 percent increase compared to the same period last year. A total of 61,000 refugees tried to get into the EU in the first six months of this year. Compared to 2020, this is an increase of 59 percent.

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency explains that the rise in the number of migrants is prompted by the gradual lifting of coronavirus restrictions in Europe. The current warm weather also contributes to migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

The most used route is still the one leading through the middle of the sea. After a year of decline, human smugglers have resumed their activities in Libya and Tunisia and are sending migrants by ship to Italy. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 22,000 people came to the southern European country this year. The number of incoming migrants has thus tripled compared to last year, IOM added.

In June, 4,700 people, mainly Tunisians and Bangladeshis, set out on this dangerous journey, Frontex reports, adding that the number doubled compared to 2020. However, not everyone succeeds in crossing the sea. According to the Statista portal, at least 827 people drowned in the Mediterranean between January and June 24. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports an even higher number: 1,146 deaths, twice more than last year.

Countries in the Western Balkans are also experiencing strong pressure. Migration there increased by 92 percent compared to last year, and a total of 18,600 people, mainly Syrians, illegally crossed the border there. Therefore, in June, Frontex promised to strengthen its presence on the border between Serbia and Bulgaria so it could better fight people smugglers.

At the other end of Europe, Spain registers refugees mainly from Algeria and Morocco. By the end of June, 5,800 people had tried to cross the European border there. The Frontex agency recorded the biggest increase in May, when thousands of migrants headed to the Ceuta enclave. The Spanish government had to deploy armored vehicles and soldiers to handle the crowds of refugees. The influx of migrants from sub-Saharan countries is also being recorded in West Africa.

On the eastern side of the Mediterranean, on the other hand, migration has decreased. Compared to last year, it declined by 40 percent. Of the 7,340 people who chose this route, most came from Syria and Turkey.

However, Frontex notes that its preliminary data only include the crossing of the EU’s external borders. Thus, the same person can be counted more than once if he tries to get into the Union through several different points.

In recent days, the migration situation also has been deteriorating on the Lithuanian border as, according to Lithuania, the regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko deliberately sends buses full of migrants. On Monday, Frontex stated that further assistance would be deployed to the area at the request of the Lithuanian government.

In the spring, EU officials also promised help Greece. During a visit to a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson then said that the EU had set aside more than a quarter of a billion euros to build new centers on the Greek islands. She also pointed out that the member states must agree on new migration rules. However, this has not yet happened.
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Italy is calling on other European Union member states to accept migrants rescued by NGO ships at sea.

In recent days, NGO ships have rescued about 800 refugees, and hundreds more have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa, the AP agency reported.

Speaking to the European Commissioner, the minister said that “the current migration wave cannot be faced only by Italy and other countries, borders of which are also the external borders of the European Union.” She called on Johansson to activate a temporary mechanism that would allow migrants from non-governmental ships to be admitted to other European countries.

This week, the minister faced strong criticism from League leader Matteo Salvini for not being able to face illegal migration to Italy. The politician called on the minister to find a solution by the end of August. Otherwise, according to him, Prime Minister Mario Draghi should consider whether it is not appropriate to replace her in the cabinet.

In recent days, about 2,000 migrants have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to the EFE agency. Another 800 are on board NGO vessels. Most of them are hosted by the Ocean Viking ship of the French organization SOS Méditerranée.

According to the Italian Ministry of the Interior, 30,000 migrants arrived on the Italian shores across the Mediterranean this year. That’s about twice as much as in the same period last year. However, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number of migrants who died in the Mediterranean this year on their way to Europe has also increased significantly. The organization has recorded over 1,100 deaths so far this year.
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Head of Italian League Matteo Salvini called on the Italian government not to allow migrants to land in Italy.

Hundreds of migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean by NGO ships over the weekend.

According to Salvini, illegal arrivals of migrants across the Mediterranean must be stopped by the end of August. He is very critical of current Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese, who replaced him two years ago at the head of the ministry.

Over the weekend, NGO ships helped several migrant vessels and took over 700 migrants on board. The Ocean Viking ship of the French NGO SOS Méditerranée has about 550 migrants. Other people were picked up by ships from the German organizations Sea Watch and ResQship.

“I demand that the arrival of these migrants be stopped,” Salvini said. According to him, authorities should not allow ships to dock in Italian ports. He also said that he sent a letter to Prime Minister Mario Draghi calling on the minister of the interior to resolve the illegal arrival of migrants by the end of August.

“If the minister is not able to do that, let the prime minister draw his own conclusions,” he said, adding that it was difficult for the League to support a government migration policy which “leaks like a sieve“.

Salvini to be tried for his approach towards migration

Salvini is facing trial for the harsh approach he took two years ago as minister of the interior against ships rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean. He blocked their landings for several days, even in the case of Italian military vessels.

He will be tried for restriction of personal liberty and faces the penalty of imprisonment. In another similar case, however, the judge decided to adjourn Salvini’s case.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, 28,500 migrants have arrived in Italy via the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year. This is twice as many as in the same period last year. However, these numbers are several times lower than in the period from 2014 to 2016, when the migration wave from North Africa peaked. The increase was made possible by the better weather that has prevailed in the area since the beginning of May, as well as a more favorable epidemic situation.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has pointed out that more than 1,100 migrants died in the Mediterranean in the first half of this year, which is also more than last year. More than 900 deaths were recorded in the part of the Mediterranean between Libya, Tunisia, Italy, and Malta.
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Re-opening Italian ports has resulted in a major humanitarian disaster
Salvini says Italian government wants to double immigration

Despite his empty words on distributing migrants within the European Union, the government of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi is in fact planning to double immigration, League party leader Matteo Salvini said.

Compared with 2019, when the number of immigrants entering Italy was just above 11,000, in 2020 that number rose to more than 32,000. Draghi emphasized that the COVID-19 epidemic had completely disrupted the distribution of migrants between EU member states, which had already proved to be “sporadic.”

Salvini said that with European funding concentrated on post-pandemic economic recovery, the Italian Ministry of the Interior wants to double the number of immigrants who can be resettled with a residence permit. Salvini noted that more than a 100,000 had arrived in Italy in the last two years, while just over 2,000 people had been deported last year “because of failed European agreements.”

The leader of the League noted that instead of migrants, there should be help in the labor market designed for those living on a basic income along with unemployed Italian youth.

Giacomo Ghilardi, coordinator of the mayors of the League party in Lombardy said it was “inhumane and ruthless” that more than 2,400 people died crossing the coasts of Tunisia, Libya and Italy last year.

“All of this is the responsibility of Minister if Interior Luciana Lamorgese and the left, as ports have been opened to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs). (…) For the left, ideology is more important than human life,” Ghilardi said. He recalled that the trial against former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who closed the ports, continues on Friday over the 2019 arrest of a ship by the Spanish NGO Open Arms.
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LOL. ‘We don’t take orders from women!’ :roll:
‘We don’t take orders from women!’ – Bengali migrant arrested for scissor attack on pregnant boss

The 23-year-old suspect, known as Mohammed, took offense at being asked by his female boss to fulfill an order from a customer

A Bengali migrant has been arrested by Italian authorities after reportedly attacking his heavily pregnant employer with a pair of scissors while insisting he does not take orders from women, according to local reports.

The incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. on Thursday in the Appio-Latino district of Rome, when the 23-year-old suspect known as Mohammed took offense at being asked by his female boss to fulfill an order from a customer at a laundry facility. Eyewitnesses state they heard the assailant shout “in my country, we don’t take orders from women” before launching himself at the 38-year-old pregnant woman, holding a pair of scissors like a dagger.

According to Il Giornale, “inhuman screams” came from the launderette as nearby shopkeepers close to the incident ran out into the street. A number of onlookers called the authorities which arrived shortly after.

The victim successfully defended herself from serious wounding, reportedly parrying the first lunge with her hand before trying to disarm her assailant, who was eventually tackled to the ground by the owner’s husband and dragged away from the woman.

The Bengali migrant fled the scene but was eventually identified shortly after a few kilometers away from the incident in Piazza Cantù. He was swiftly apprehended by authorities and held in custody before being charged with aggravated injury. He is now awaiting trial.

His pregnant victim was treated by medical staff at the scene and transferred to hospital as a precaution. After checking on her condition and that of her baby, the 38-year-old was discharged.
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Hundreds of illegal immigrants are once again flocking to the Italian island of Lampedusa as the country continues to experience another winter of discontent, the leader of the national-conservative Brothers of Italy party, Giorgia Meloni has claimed in a social media post.

Also a glamer girl who has nearly 140,000 followers on Tik-Tok — claimed she was 'forced' to make the 117-mile (188km) trip because she was only making £90 a month from hairdressing back in Tunisia.
'I didn't find anything for myself in Tunisia,' she said in the interview conducted through Zoom.

'I have a diploma in hairdressing and I couldn't get any work in this field. When I did, the monthly salary was really hopeless — around £90 ($120).

'You cannot do anything with that. You can just use public transport and buy your lunch — that's it.'

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The 23-year-old suspect, known as Mohammed, took offense at being asked by his female boss to fulfill an order from a customer
Disgusting! Yes it is disgusting how the writer of this article uses an unfortunate workplace misunderstanding (brought about by the alleged victim's obvious insensitivity to cultural differences) to target the Muslimness of a person of color in order to stir up hatred and phobia against vulnerable communities
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They arrested the Tunisian migrants, and I am in favor of chemical castration. But perhaps they should get a choice. Deportation to Tunesie and never show there face again, or chemical castration.
17-year-old Italian boy and his mother sexually assaulted by two Tunisian migrants

The two North Africans first raped a 17-year-old boy and then forced him to bring them home to his mother, where they then raped her as well

It was a nightmare Saturday for a 17-year-old boy in Roma and his mother. As Il Tempo reported, they were allegedly robbed and raped by two migrant minors.

The tragic story began on a street in Centocelle, Rome. The young man was on his way to his vehicle when two individuals armed with knives threatened him, robbed him of his cellphone and the little money he had, and then forced him to have oral sex on the street. Then they have reportedly made the victim take them to his home in the Casal Monastero area on the eastern outskirts of the capital, where they have stolen €200 and abused the boy’s 54-year-old mother in the same way as her son.

“They threatened my son with a knife to the throat, what else could I do? They told us they would kill us both if I didn’t give them the money. After the violence, I thought I’d distract them by making them sandwiches. Two 13-year-old girls slept in the next room,” the attacked woman told the Corriere della Sera news outlet.

The two attackers of Tunisian nationality fled but were tracked down a few hours later by the Viminale and Sant’Ippolito police who then charged the two 17-year-old with aggravated robbery and sexual assault.

Now, the investigators are reconstructing the whole attack. It appears that during the first assault, the North Africans were in the company of another peer. The arrest was made thanks to the father and husband of the victims who was away from home at the time of the tragedy. The man reportedly traced the GPS of his son’s smartphone stolen by the perpetrators.

The two suspects previously escaped from a juvenile detention center. Due to their age, the case will be handled by the prosecutor’s office for minors.

According to Corriere della Sera, the investigators also seized the cell phones of the two minors with the footage of a part of the attack that they published to social media.
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Italy: 30 North African migrants sexually assault 6 teen girls on train to Milan

The news has shocked Italy, with major politicians weighing in on the reported mass sexual assault involving North Africans

A day that was supposed to be fun and exciting turned into a nightmare for six Italian girls returning by train to Milan from their trip to Gardaland amusement park. The young women, four from Milan and two from Pavia, all aged 16 to 17 years old, were sexually assaulted by a large group of North African migrant males while traveling on board the 2640 regional train from Peschiera del Garda to Milan, according to Italian news reports.

‘White women don’t come up here’

“We were surrounded. The heat was suffocating, and some of us passed out. While we were looking for a controller, the sexual harassment took place,” said one of the victims.

They then recalled that their attackers, while laughing, had told them: “White women don’t come up here.”

The incident took place in the late afternoon of last Thursday, June 2. The girls claimed that just before 6 p.m. they were in the train station of Peschiera. Over a hundred boys and a few girls, mostly North Africans of similar age or a little older, invaded the platform and the tracks, according to Italian news outlet il Giornale.

“They screamed and ran. They also spat on the windows of a train that arrived before ours,” said one of the victims.

According to the mayor of Castelnuovo del Garda, Giovanni Dal Cero, those young people were probably part of the crowd that had poured onto the beach of Peschiera earlier in the day. After a party was organized on TikTok, nearly 2,000 young people descended on Lake Garda, which resulted in a number of brawls and stabbings. Riot police were deployed to control the crowds, and by the evening, there were hundreds of intoxicated teens boarding trains in the area, both Italians and a number of migrant groups.

When the mass sexual assault took place, the train to Milan was full of passengers. The girls say that the group of about 30 men were groping them in turns and hurling sexual insults at them. The six victims of sexual harassment did not alert the police right away for fear of being beaten by the perpetrators, but they decided to call their parents who arranged to call the police. The mothers and fathers, however, reported that no one intervened to stop the sexual assault until one boy came to the rescue of the victims and helped them get off at the next stop.

On the Instagram page Milanobelladadio, one of the mothers of the victims wrote a message: “They managed to go down to Desenzano del Garda, in shock, in tears, and we parents went to retrieve them. Now, I wonder, is it possible that things like this still happen?!”

Another parent commented, “We called 112 [Italy’s emergency number] but no one intervened. The young women were helped by a boy who made them get off at the next stop.”

Not the only case
The news also comes after a harrowing sexual assault that was caught on video earlier this year during a New Year’s celebration in Milan, with migrant men filmed sexual assaulting numerous females. According to police statistics, foreigners are responsible for nearly half the rape cases in Italy but only account for a small portion of the country’s population.

League Party leader Matteo Salvini produced multiple posts about the latest incident, writing sarcastically in one post: “A shame, a disgust. I expect an effective intervention from [Interior] Minister Lamorgese and harsh condemnation from the left and feminists. Do you think I’ll wait a long time?”

Maria Teresa Bellucci, a deputy of the Brothers of Italy party and the head of the social affairs commission, wrote that “the events of Desenzano are group violence, along the lines of those that occurred in Milan on New Year’s Eve. The gang phenomenon must be contained, Italy cannot experience situations similar to those of the suburbs. The government needs to tell us if there is an anti-gang strategy.”

Luca Zaia, governor of the Veneto Region, commented on what happened: “We continue our daily battle for not only individual but also social freedom. It is inconceivable that women and girls would be harassed and threatened in this way in this country. I appeal for zero tolerance and that the police put their utmost effort into finding those responsible.”

The governor then underlined that the Venetian population is used to a society based on respect for people and rules.

“We cannot allow for events like these to become ordinary or, even worse, that we get used to them. I repeat, zero tolerance.”
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Italian police take down violent ‘Arab Zone 90133’ gang in Palermo

“The group, or rather the herd, of very young people, along with some adults, was mainly of Maghreb origin,” said the city’s police chief

Italian police say they have dismantled a criminal gang called ‘Arab Zone 90133’ that committed a range of violent attacks between Jan. 7 and June 15 in the historic center of Palermo.

Police took a total of 11 people, six adults and five minors, under preventative custody. Five adults ended up in prison and one under house arrest. For the minors, precautionary measures were ordered against two of them, and three were placed in community juvenile centers.

The gang carried out violent attacks with broken glass bottles and sticks, mainly on weekends in Palermo’s historic center where young people usually gather. The charges against the members include aggravated injury, assault, threats, resisting an off-duty police officer, and aggravated robbery, according to news outlet QDS.it.

The gang was known for posting its deeds on social media, including on TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram, under a profile called “arabzone90133.” The members boasted that their gang was made up of Maghrebi North Africans, and made claims about what territory they controlled in the city. The Instagram profile has 1,385 followers, mostly minors.

The Arab Zone gang posted a number of videos to TIkTok showcasing the territory they claimed to control.
The city’s police commissioner also highlighted their North African origin, saying, “The group, or rather the herd, of very young people, along with some adults, was mainly of Maghreb origin and second-generation immigrants, some of whom were born in Palermo. They praised criminal actions such as robberies, thefts, and assaults for no reason, all perpetrated in the center around Via Maqueda, and all perpetrated in packs to the detriment of other young people, including disabled people, from the beginning of the year until a few weeks ago, when the circle of State Police investigators began to gather around them,” says Palermo police commissioner Leopoldo Laricchia.

“They violently claimed to ‘control the territory.’ Their social profile has more than 1,400 followers. Subculture probably fueled by films and series that exalt criminal deeds, social anger, marginalization, and drug use, most likely this is the mix that is making the youngest and most marginalized sections of our metropolis slide into crime,” he added.

Last month, over 2,000 migrants descended on lakeside towns in the Lake Garda region, where large-scale assaults and robberies occurred against residents and tourists alike. The mayor of one of the towns described the riots as a “day of war” after images of the incident went viral on social media. On the regional train in one of the towns, six young teen girls were sexually assaulted by a group of 30 migrants.
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