A large number of boisterous “Italian” youths engaged in some traditional New Year’s high jinks last night near the Cathedral in Milan, gathering in their dozens to grope and molest a young woman who failed to cover herself properly and left home without a male escort.
Theirs wasn’t the only culture-enriching activity near the Cathedral. Other youngsters initiated brawls and assaults in nearby areas.
“Surrounded and molested by 30 foreigners”. The horror just a few paces away from the Duomo [Cathedral].
January 1, 2022
Reportedly of foreign origin, as reported by the victim, the attackers who surrounded a girl near the Duomo Square
by Francesca Galici
A little after 1:30am on New Year’s Eve a girl was surrounded and molested by about 30 boys near the Royal Palace in Milan, right in the middle of the city, a few steps from Duomo Square. The 19-year-old tried to defend herself using the purse she carried with her, which, however, was grabbed by her attackers as she tried to push them away.
This is as recounted by the girl, who reported to the police that she was groped, and that at a certain point the group reportedly tried to undress her. Fortunately, numerous police officers were in the area, who quickly received the young girl’s alarm and were able to immediately intervene.
At the sight of the uniforms, the attackers dispersed in several directions, making their escape. The girl was immediately treated by the officers, and for her, except for the huge fright and shock, there were no further serious consequences. The girl told the investigators that the group of attackers were presumably of foreign origin.
The incident has brought to light an age-old problem of security common to all large cities on New Year’s Eve. In 2016 in Cologne, Germany, 90 women reported being subjected to molestation and violence on the part of some 1,000 drunken men, described by the victims as “apparently of Arab origin”.
Violence on New Year’s Eve
In this same area, not far from where the 19-year-old was attacked, shortly before dawn, another episode of violence was recorded in a brawl which led to the injury of a few young men. According to the initial reconstructions, it seems that an 18-year-old was stabbed in the neck by a 16-year-old at the height of a dispute near Duomo Square. The 18-year-old is now being treated at the Milan Polyclinic in serious condition. First responders found him in a pool of blood, and his condition immediately appeared to be very serious, such that the young man is struggling between life and death.
In all, ten brawls were recorded yesterday near the center of Milan. The work carried out by police, in riot gear, was important, guarding Duomo Square and the surrounding areas, trying to reduce the gatherings, but it was impossible to avoid the formations of young men. Moments of tension were also recorded in the outer areas, such as Gae Aulenti Square, and sometime after midnight patrols responded to an attack suffered by two young men at the hands of seven foreigners. The two young men, ages 18 and 19, were transferred in code yellow to Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Milan with injuries to the head and chest, caused by broken bottles.