The following video report discusses an attack on police by migrants outside an asylum center in the southern Italian province of Foggia. Two officers were injured, but were spared even worse by the fortunate arrival of additional police squadrons. One shudders to think what might have happened if reinforcements hadn’t shown up in time…
Below are two articles about the incident in Foggia. From ANSA:
50 Migrants Attack 2 Police
At Foggia camp
(ANSA) — Foggia, October 8 — Some 50 migrants attacked and injured two police outside a migrant camp in Foggia on Monday, police union SAP said.
SAP said the migrants punched and kicked the officers at the asylum seeker processing centre at Borgo Mezzanone after the police stopped a 26-year-old Gambian who was then arrested for trying to run them over.
SAP asked for “greater safeguards for police operating on the street, such as tasers for example”.
The officers suffered wounds that doctors said would heal in 15 and 30 days respectively.
Also from ANSA:
Gambian Who Attacked Police Risks Expulsion
First effect of Salvini decree
(ANSA) — Rome, October 9 — A Gambian migrant who attacked police at a migrant centre in Foggia risks expulsion under the new Salvini migrant and security decree, the interior ministry said Tuesday.
Omar Jallow, an asylum seeker who obtained humanitarian protection after an appeal to the magistrature, was to have had his status re-examined by the Foggia territorial commission.
But under Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s new decree he risks being stripped of the status and being deported, the interior ministry said.
|00:00||Surrounded and attacked with kicks, fists, stones and other objects,|
|00:04||the victims were officers of the highway police on anti-illegal hiring patrol duty|
|00:08||in the countryside of Foggia. Everything started near the runway of the former airport|
|00:12||of Borgo Mezzanone, which is next to the center for asylum seekers,|
|00:16||a sort of mega-camp where about 2-3,000 foreigners from various countries live.|
|00:20||[Unintelligible] a car with a Gambian citizen inside didn’t stop|
|00:25||at a patrol stop, and tried to run over an officer.|
|00:29||This led to a chase, first by car, then by foot through the countryside.|
|00:33||When the police tried to stop the man, they found themselves surrounded by about 50 foreigners|
|00:37||who repeatedly struck the officers.|
|00:41||The other patrols arrived in time to disperse the attackers.|
|00:44||The Gambian was identified and arrested. The two rescued officers|
|00:48||were taken to the hospital where they will remain for 15-30 days.|
|00:51||The indignation of the SAP, the Autonomous Police Union|
|00:55||— It’s unthinkable that police officers on duty|
|00:59||who are doing their job to provide security to the citizens|
|01:02||are surrounded, attacked, kicked and beaten with fists|
|01:08||and offensive objects just because they were doing their job.|
|01:14||“Once more the province of Foggia, Borgo Mezzanone has stood out with unpleasant acts|
|01:17||that concern uncontrolled immigration,” writes the provincial secretary of the Lega Nord,|
|01:23||who expressed solidarity with the officers. “With the certainty,” continues the statement|
|01:27||“that with the Salvini decree, all violent foreigners will be expelled from Italy.”