Crowd Lago di Garda: “They touched us everywhere, I burst into tears”

Following the wild riots on Lake Garda, Italy fears another unfavorable fate in public places. The June 2 incidents in the seaside resort of Peschiera, in which some drunken young people attacked each other, jumped into cars and allegedly sexually harassed women on the train, also employed politicians for two weeks.

In Italy, the integration debate has intensified since the beginning of June. According to the findings, a large part of the young people and young men they noticed in Peschiera on the Italian national holiday have a migrant background.

Mega Uprising at Lake Garda: “We’ve had a war day”

On June 2, more than 2,000 young people from several cities in northern Italy gathered for a “flash mob” in Peschiera on Lake Garda, which is popular with tourists. The situation escalated: there were clashes with injured people and thefts, tourists were harassed, cars and shop windows were demolished. The police had to intervene and remove the pack from the bathing areas. Videos on social networks also show this. “They smashed everything, smashed shop windows, raided a tourist train and blocked passers-by on foot or on mopeds,” the witness said. Peschiera Mayor Orietta Gaiulli told the Italian media: “We saw the day of the war.”

After the riots, many young men boarded the train to Milan. It is said that there were sexual assaults on the train. According to their own statements, some underage women were harassed and sexually harassed by young men on the way home from Gardaland amusement park in a completely crowded regional train.

Witnesses and victims described the shocking proportions of the incidents on social media and the Italian press. As one mother said, “My 16-year-old daughter was coming back with some friends, they were surrounded, harassed, groping.”

“Baby gang” attacks in Italy: “They touched us everywhere, I burst into tears”

According to the Italian online newspaper “Open”, one of the affected women described the situation on the train as follows: “It was full, it was very hot. We wanted to get out, but they stopped us by ringing the alarm. We went through several wagons and they caught us everywhere on the way. I burst into tears and had a panic attack. “The women may have left the train prematurely and filed a complaint. The Verona Public Prosecutor’s Office is now investigating possible suspects.

Some rioters, often called “baby gangs” by police and the media in Italy, have already announced another rally through social media. Among other things, the Adriatic town of Riccione near Rimini was chosen as the meeting place.

Rioters announce another flash mob in the Adriatic

In Italy, meanwhile, politicians are discussing how the riots could be prevented. Giovanni Dal Cero, mayor of the neighboring village of Peschiera Castelnuovo del Garda, criticized the railway company: “I want to say that next time they can call us and say, ‘Gentlemen, a train is arriving with an unusual number of people.’ The Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera” informs about it. He also spoke in favor of several police forces.

Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said in a parliament in Rome on Wednesday that she wanted to monitor the situation better, even if potential rioters arrived at Lake Garda. Critics, especially from the right, then accused her of degrading the national problem to the local one.

Matteo Salvini from the right-wing Lega distributed the corresponding TikTok video on his Twitter. “Violence and threats are not tolerated here,” he wrote. Lamorgese did not address this in her statement in the Chamber of Deputies. The minister, after consulting with regional authorities in northern Italy, wants trains to be equipped with, among other things, a camera system.

With material from dpa