Italy: Two Romani children and their older sister die in arson attack
ANSA, the Italian wire service, reported yesterday that two Romani girls ages four and eight and their 20-year-old sister died early yesterday morning during an arson attack in Rome, Italy. The assailant's identity has not yet been ascertained.
Somebody threw a Molotov cocktail at the caravan where the 11-member family, originally from Bosnia, were sleeping. The arson attack happened yesterday just before 3:30 AM in the parking lot of the Primavera shopping center.
Sisters Angelica, Elisabeth and Francesca were asleep in the uppermost sleeping compartment of the caravan and could not be rescued from the flames in time. Their parents and siblings managed to flee the vehicle.
Italian politicians, led by the Italian President, are demanding the harshest possible punishment for the perpetrators of the attack. "This is a terrible crime," Italian President Sergion Mattarella said in reaction to the news of the attack.
"To kill young children is subhuman. The culprits must be found and severely punished," the Italian President said.
Laura Boldrini, speaker of the lower house of the Italian Parliament, called the incident "An abnormal crime full of hatred and violence." Pope Francis has sent his co-workers to visit the family and offer the surviving relatives aid.
Representatives of the Sant'Egidio community, which assists Romani people, said of the incident that "Romani people have become the victims of unprecedented violence." Detectives found traces of flammable liquid and fragments of a broken bottle at the scene of the crime.
In footage from a CCTV camera that police are now reviewing, a figure can allegedly be seen throwing a Molotov cocktail at the caravan. Investigators are now reviewing all possible motivations for the attack, from racial motivation to revenge within the Romani community itself.
- Impoverished native Italians rebel against Moroccan immigrants inhabiting social housing
- Italy: Racist murders refugee who fled Boko Haram
- Hundreds protest border closure between Austria and Italy and demand a border-free Europe
- EXCLUSIVE: Romani figure skater Ivan Righini, three-time Italian champion, competes for the European Championship
- Italy: Several thousand Roma walk the stations of the cross in Rome
- European Roma and Travellers Forum: Anti-Gypsyism afoot in Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and elsewhere
- Italian court rules that official camps for Roma only are discriminatory as evictions continue
- Italian court orders withdrawal of textbook promoting anti-Romani prejudice
- Italian Police raid ultra-right extremists, confiscate air-to-air missile from Qatar
- Italian PM wants to deport Roma, MEP Romeo Franz calls his behavior racism and the shame of Europe
- Romani musician Jan Surmaj has passed away in the Czech Republic
- Pope stands up for Romani people attacked by (neo)Fascists in Rome who threatened rape
- Miroslav Kováč, former chair of the Equal Opportunities Party in the Czech Republic, has passed away after a long illness
- England: Requiem mass held for Věra Bílá, the Queen of Romani Music
- Funeral for Romani vocalist Věra Bílá to be held Saturday in Rokycany, Czech Republic
- Italian theater cancels neo-Fascist concert co-opting Czechoslovak historical figure, so it moves from Verona to Lazis
- Czech Embassy in Italy trying to prevent neo-Fascist co-optation of Czechoslovak historical figure Jan Palach there
- Czech students protest co-optation of Czechoslovak historical figure in Italy
- Italian neo-Nazis want to co-opt the legacy of Czechoslovak who set himself on fire to protest the '68 invasion
- Italian Deputy Prime Minister says EU Justice Commissioner's critique of Italy's treatment of Roma is "nonsense"