Dozens of MUSLIM immigrants from North Africa rioted during the night in a multi-ethnic neighborhood in Milan, smashing shop windows, overturning cars to protest the knifing death of an Egyptian.
Police said the North Africans, most of them Egyptians, went on a rampage and some clashed with police in the neighborhood where some 70 percent of shops are owned by immigrants. A number of Egyptians were detained for questioning and police were still searching for the South Americans believed to have been responsible for the killing.
Police said most of the immigrants were in Italy legally. Nonetheless, the Northern League, an anti-immigrant party in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition, called for the immigrants responsible for the violence to be expelled.
It was the SECOND episode (See story below) of violence involving immigrants this year. In early January, riots broke out in southern Italy when immigrants burned cars and broke store windows to protest against an attack on African farm workers by a gang of local white youths. al-ARABIYA
MUSLIM immigrant riot in Italy leaves 37 injured as locals fight back.
Violence broke out in southern Italy yesterday as hundreds of migrant workers, most of them Africans, went on a rampage in retaliation to two of their number being shot and three more beaten with iron bars by white youths.
Authorities reporting at least 37 were wounded in the ensuing clashes, including 18 police officers and five migrants, as the violence reached its second day in the coastal town of Rosarno in Calabria. The riots in the region were sparked off when when two migrants were wounded by pellet fire two days ago, starting the cycle of violence, said a top police official, Renato Cortese, in the regional capital.
The simmering racial tension was then exacerbated when two more migrants were shot in the same location, an unoccupied factory which serves as sleeping quarters for African workers in the hamlet of Laureana di Borrello 6 miles from Rosarno. In retaliation, the immigrant farm labourers went on a rampage and fought pitched battles with the police.
Officials at Santa Maria degli Ungheresi Hospital in the nearby town of Polistena said one of the migrants beaten by metal rods had surgery for a kidney injury and another was treated for an eye socket injury, and the third wounded in the attack was taken to another hospital for brain surgery.
The rioting began after Thursday’s shooting, in which two men – one from Nigeria, the other from Togo – were lightly injured. The foreigners angrily blamed that shooting on racism, and groups of protesters stoned police, attacked residents and smashed shop windows and cars.
Friday, angry migrants, mostly from African nations, some armed with metal bars or wooden sticks, scuffled with police and residents in the streets of Rosarno. Other residents were holed up in their homes, state radio reported, and schools and shops were shuttered. Cortese said of the situation in Rosarno: ‘I’d say you could step out and buy some bread only because you have to eat, but if I had to choose I wouldn’t go out for an evening stroll.’
Police said late Friday evening that at least 37 people had been injured, including the five migrants, 14 residents and 18 police officers. A young mother with a bruise under an eye and a bandage on the side of her head, told state TV a group of migrants started smashing her car.The woman said that, fearful for the safety of her small children, she managed to drive about two meters before her attackers pushed her car into a wall. EU TIMES
Why do Muslims ALWAYS go where they are not wanted?