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Italy debates riots and sexual assaults on Lake Garda


Riots and sexual assaults broke out at a flash mob party on Lake Garda in early June. Since the rioters were mainly young people with a migration background, right-wing politicians are fueling the debate.

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Peschiera del Garda (2021)

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After the riots at Lake Garda, Italy is debating riots in public places.

The incidents of June 2 in the town of Peschiera, when some drunk young people attacked each other, jumped onto cars and are said to have later sexually molested women on a train, have been the focus of media and politics for two weeks.

Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese also wanted to provide information on the previous investigations and the future tactics of the law enforcement agencies in Parliament in Rome.

Since most of the young people are men with a migration background, right-wing politicians in particular are once again intensively debating integration.

Matteo Salvini of the right-wing Lega commented on what was happening in the run-up to local elections in Italy.

"If you're not doing well in Italy, 'Ciao Ciao', the world is big," he said in a TikTok video.

The right-wing politician ignored the fact that most of the young people were Italian citizens.

He added, "I hope mum and dad give them a few slaps in the face." He also called for a reduction in the age of criminal responsibility.

Young rioters in Italy are often dubbed "baby gangs" by the police and the media.

Some young people have already announced further meetings via social networks.

Among other things, the Adriatic towns of Rimini and Riccione have been chosen as meeting points.

After the events in Peschiera, right-wing extremist and neo-fascist groups also announced that they wanted to protest against immigration in the town on Lake Garda.

2000 young people show up at flash mob party

On June 2nd, Italy's National Day, around 2,000 young people from several northern Italian cities reportedly gathered at the tourist-popular Lake Garda in Peschiera for a flash mob party called "L'Africa a Peschiera" - in English "Africa in Peschiera". - have an appointment.

The situation escalated: there were fights with injured people and thefts, tourists were harassed, cars and shop windows were demolished.

In addition, there are said to have been sexual assaults: According to their own statements, some underage women were harassed and sexually molested by young men in the completely overcrowded regional train from Lake Garda to Milan.

They were able to leave the train early and filed a complaint.

The public prosecutor's office in Verona is now investigating possible suspects.

A second line of investigation deals with the previous incidents in Peschiera.

The incidents are partly reminiscent of what happened on New Year's Eve in Milan.

Several young women were harassed and sexually harassed by larger groups of young men.

Since then, the situation of young people in the metropolitan areas of northern Italy has been discussed in Italy.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2022-06-15

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