The following video shows a group of migrants in Italy who took to the streets in front of their asylum accommodation to protest the denial of their asylum status. When one of them was arrested, the police were mobbed by other migrants as they tried to put the detainee in a car.
You’ll notice that when a flash mob like this outnumbers the police sufficiently, the cops have to back down. The police were reinforced by other units, and eventually order was restored, but I don’t think the arrested man was ever put into a car.
|00:06||From the reception center they poured into the street|
|00:10||with protest banners and billboards. They blocked traffic, marching in procession to Porta Venezia|
|00:15||to ask for recognition of refugee status or demonstrate against the denial of the measure.|
|00:20||However, (after) a few hundred meters, the tension was transformed into a brawl|
|00:25||when agents from the Questura and personnel from DIGOS of Cremona|
|00:28||tried to put an immigrant into the car,|
|00:31||who had offered resistance to a public official.|
|00:43||(Within) a few seconds, as you can see from the images taken by our video cameras,|
|00:47||dozens of “non-EU citizens” immediately arrived to help him|
|00:52||and grab their companion away from the hands of police.|
|00:57||The intervention of the agents, supported also by the Carabinieri of Cremona,|
|01:00||and of Don Pizzetti, director of Diocese Caritas.|
|01:03||Order and calm were restored among the immigrants,|
|01:06||who were convinced to break up the procession and re-enter the reception house.|
|01:10||The protest, which broke out around 8:30 in the morning involved some 60 immigrants|
|01:16||of various nationalities, housed by the structure on Viale Trento e Trieste|
|01:20||With banners and billboards, on which is written, “We don’t want pasta and rice;|
|01:23||we want documents”, they went onto the street,|
|01:26||indifferent to traffic and cars were forced to stop.|
|01:33||The Questura confirms that there were moments of tension, due to the necessity of|
|01:38||containing the group of demonstrators in a confined space|
|01:43||otherwise not closed to automobile traffic.