Sunday, February 14, 2010

African immigrants riot in Milan

Immigrants from North Africa rioted in a multi-ethnic district of Milan, smashing shop windows and overturning cars to protest at the knifing death of an Egyptian. It was the second episode of violence involving immigrants in 2010, after clashes in southern Italy brought about the worst racial violence in the country since World War Two and reignited a long-running debate on immigration. The rioting began after a 19-year-old Egyptian man, identified by police as Hamed Mamoud El Fayed Adou, was killed, apparently by a group of immigrants from South America. Police said the North Africans, most of them Egyptians, went on a rampage and some clashed with police in the northeastern neighborhood where some 70% of shops are owned by immigrants. Milan's deputy mayor, Riccardo De Corato, called the area a "Wild West between north African and South American gangs."



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