Ventimiglia is an Italian town on the border with France. It is the major crossing point into France south of the Alps, so it is the place where thousands of migrants wash up as they attempt to get out of Italy, but are prevented from entering France by French border guards. As a consequence, makeshift migrant camps have formed near Ventimiglia. We’ve reported in the past about the squalid conditions in these camps, which are becoming increasingly violent and lawless.
Below is an article about the same incident from Il Giornale, also translated by FouseSquawk:
Wild West in Ventimiglia: Stone-throwing among migrants, stones against the inhabitants
Cars and homes damaged by a ferocious stone-throwing that exploded between opposing factions of illegal immigrants
by Fabrizio Tenerelli
March 5, 2018
A real “Far West” [Wild West], with cars and houses damaged by fierce rock-throwing that exploded between opposing factions of illegal immigrants, occurred last night in Via Tenda in Ventimiglia, in the Gianchette neighborhood, which faces the riverbed of the Roja river, where for years now an unauthorized tent city has been built by those migrants who do not want to go to the Red Cross reception center, to the Roja Park (where they would have free food and lodging), because they fear being identified by the police.
“We are held hostage by these people!” the inhabitants shout. “It is a district under siege, where they are the masters.” In fact, every day is the scene of robberies, fights and other criminal incidents. The explosion of violence began around 12:30am. Some migrants confront each other, for reasons still under investigation by the Carabinieri, and soon the stones start flying, damaging four parked cars and the windows of two houses.
“When they saw me leaning out,” says Mauro C., “they grabbed a stone and threw it at me, damaging the window.” A situation, therefore, of high tension. Only a few days ago a group of Libyans had savagely beaten an African, breaking two teeth, to take away his phone and the little money in his pocket. Violence is also fueled by alcohol abuse and hunger. Despite the danger to hygiene and public order, no institution has come forward to clear the abusive field inhabited by dozens and dozens of foreigners, including women and children. And it is also in the wake of this situation that the Lega Nord, in Ventimiglia, became the first party, with 29.66 percent of the preferences. It is a debacle, however, for the Democratic Party, the party of the mayor of Ventimiglia, Enrico Ioculano, which collapsed to 11.25%. The citizens thus wanted to punish the management of the migration emergency.
|00:00||You, sir, last night. What time was it?|
|00:03||It was about 12:30. —Did you hear the noise?|
|00:06||I heard strange noises. They were hitting each other, shouting.|
|00:10||There was stone-throwing in progress.|
|00:13||I was leaning out of my window.|
|00:15||[Unintelligible] And when one of them saw that I was watching, he threw a rock,|
|00:20||and struck down there.