Early last Sunday morning a 55-year-old female Ukrainian refugee was raped by an African culture-enricher on the street in the Italian city of Piacenza. Giorgia Meloni, who is the leader of Fratelli d’Italia and will likely be prime minister after next month’s elections, used a video of the attack in one of her campaign ads. By doing so she caused a storm of controversy, with critics accusing her of “electioneering” with the Ukrainian woman’s suffering — as if the horrific incident were something voters should remain unaware of.
For an English-language report on the controversy, see this article from The Daily Mail (hat tip Reader from Chicago).
|00:00||We are dealing with the shocking video of a woman who was raped on a sidewalk, in Piacenza.|
|00:05||The rapist, an asylum seeker from Guinea, has been arrested.|
|00:09||The man who recorded the attack made an emergency call, immediately.|
|00:12||Elena De Vincenzo reporting. Footage showing a nightmare:|
|00:15||A 55-year-old woman from Ukraine lying on the ground, on a sidewalk.|
|00:20||While a man, a 27-year-old from Guinea, was successfully immobilizing her, in order to rape her.|
|00:25||We have chosen not to broadcast the frames of that video.|
|00:29||You can hear the desperate cries for help, which fortunately a neighborhood resident heard.|
|00:35||Here is the testimony of the person who refused to look the other way.|
|00:39||It was 6am; I was half-awake.|
|00:42||I heard those screams. I did what I thought was the right thing to do. I saw what was going on,|
|00:48||and I called the emergency number right away. I was recording the video in the meantime.|
|00:51||I couldn’t bring myself to stop that person.|
|00:54||Firstly, because I didn’t know whether I would have made it in time,|
|00:57||and also because I would have put my own life at risk.|
|01:00||Thank God law enforcement intervened at an incredible speed,|
|01:06||and arrested this person. The windows were still closed.|
|01:10||The attack took place yesterday, at around 6am,|
|01:13||early on a peaceful morning, in Piacenza, a few paces away from the city center.|
|01:17||The victim, in a state of shock, was entrusted to the care of medical personnel.|
|01:21||The attacker, an asylum seeker, has been jailed on charges of sexual assault.