An Italian town has been left gripped by fear after an influx of migrants has seen terrified women too scared to leave their homes.
UK Express Frightened females have taken to the streets to protest against the opening of a new refugee reception centre, which will welcome the arrival of more than 250 asylum seekers.
In front of the group are banners emblazoned with the powerful message: “No security, no freedom” as shockwaves are sent across the entire community of Aurelio in Rome.
Ilaria, 20, said: “We didn’t want the opening of a new centre. “It is not easy to get around this neighbourhood at night. “You feel followed, you feel observed. It is not safe here anymore. “
Soon-to-be-mother Eleanor, 30, added: “I no longer dare to go home alone in the evening, I call my husband after dark.” Another slogan to support the protest read: ”Some Italians do not give up.”
One protestor, 63-year-old grandmother Simonetta claims she witnessed a migrant man masturbating in broad daylight. She added: “We must defend ourselves”.
But some protestors have taken matters into their own hands, with some camping outside the new centre to “watch the neighbourhood”.
Official figures show more than 420,000 migrants and refugees from Syria and other countries have landed in Italy since the start of the migrant crisis in 2014.
It has gotten so bad that ITALY has started to send Muslim migrants back to Sudan on specially chartered flights. The migrants, who were hoping to cross the Italian border into France, were flown to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on a chartered EgyptAir flight.
In 2015, 60 per cent of Sudanese asylum seekers were granted protection in Italy.
Bus drivers in Italy have been attacked with rocks and bottles by North African migrants as the country struggles to cope with a dramatic increase in arrivals.
The four local bus drivers were assaulted at Rome’s Ostia Lido bus station after one driver asked a man, to stop punching and kicking a bus parked in the terminus just after 10pm on Tuesday. But the man started shouting abuse at the driver before throwing punches at him.
Three other drivers came to his rescue to stop the attack but the man’s group of about five friends, also from North Africa, rushed up to attack the drivers. They started throwing rocks and bottles at them. All four of the drivers were taken to hospital for medical treatment and monitoring.
About 700 people, armed with banners and flags, marched in Soave, Italy, against the move as thousands of migrants arrive in the country after being rescued at sea.
Small towns like Soave have largely avoided housing migrants so far but are now having to address the issue after record numbers of people arrived in the country.
A record 27,500 migrants arrived in October alone, bringing the total to almost 160,000 people this year. The demonstration saw hundreds marching under torchlight in the town, home to 7,000 people, in the province of Verona.
Protesters were seen carrying banners emblazoned “Verona for Veronese” and reportedly chanting “Italy for Italians”.
The latest show of opposition comes after mafia bosses allegedly “declared war” on migrants after a man was shot in the head as a deadly turf war broke out with African crime gangs in Palermo earlier this year.