Italy arrests 12 mafia suspects over attack on African immigrants

Protesters in central Rome carried oranges covered in fake blood to symbolise the violence towards immigrants and their exploitation in Italy's citrus fruit harvests.

Italy arrests 12 mafia suspects over attack on African immigrants

Police arrested 12 mafia suspects on Tuesday over an attack on African immigrants in the southern town plagued by racial violence last week.

Police said they had dismantled the local clan in the town of Rosarno of the 'Ndrangheta, Italy's most powerful mafia group, which operates out of the southern Calabria region.

They issued 17 warrants for mafia activity, including five for people already in prison on other charges.

Protesters in central Rome carried oranges covered in fake blood to symbolise the violence towards immigrants and their exploitation in Italy's citrus fruit harvests.

Egypt's foreign ministry said the Rosarno incident showed "religious and racial discrimination and hatred of foreigners," and called on the international community to respond.


Agencies



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