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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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