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Brutal attack on Tottenham fans raises fears of rising right-wing and racist violence in Italy - Europe - World - The Independent

The brutal attack on Tottenham fans in Rome has stoked fears in Italy of rising right-wing and racist violence.

Italy's capital has been rattled by increasing militancy by the extreme right since October, often with racist overtones. Weekly demonstrations by the neo-fascist youth group Blocco Studentesco have often ended in clashes with police.

Local media initially blamed Thursday's attack on hard core Lazio fans.

But two AS Roma fans were among the 15 detained for alleged involvement in the mass attack on a downtown bar, suggesting a possibly different motivation.

Witnesses told local media masked men armed with knives and baseball bats shouted "Jews, Jews" as they laid siege to a pub where the Tottenham fans were drinking in a district popular with tourists in an old quarter of Rome.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:31:10 PM EST
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DoDo:
Witnesses told local media masked men armed with knives and baseball bats shouted "Jews, Jews" as they laid siege to a pub where the Tottenham fans were drinking

wha? are they confused or is there a real connection?

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'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 03:45:50 PM EST
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Tottenham has a fair proportion of North London Jewish supporters.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The club, as with many clubs in London, has a large Jewish following and this has led to much antisemitic provocation[40][41] against Tottenham supporters. Tottenham supporters, Jewish and non-Jewish, united against this and adopted the nickname "Yids", developing chants to support this. Many fans view adopting "Yid" as a badge of pride, helping defuse its power as an insult.[42] Today it is mainly used to distinguish Tottenham fans from other football supporters.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 04:11:59 PM EST
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