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Young North Africans harass women on Lake Garda – and advertise more ‘African parties’ at tourist resorts
Riots and sexual assaults against women: what happened two weeks ago at Lake Garda could be repeated in other tourist places. This is announced by young men from North Africa on the Tiktok platform.
Harassment and attacks on Lake Garda: riot of young North Africans after “Africa Party”.
The first “Africa Party” took place on June 2, the Italian Republic Day, in the famous seaside resort of Peschiera del Garda. It ended in excessive drinking and uproar.
About 2,500 people – mostly young men with North African immigrant backgrounds – had gathered for a rave under the motto “L’Africa a Peschiera” (“Africa in Peschiera”), which had been announced on the TikTok platform. Several dozen participants then started fights and caused material damage.
In the evening, several young women were sexually harassed and insulted by male participants on the regional train from Peschiera to Milan. The 16-17-year-old girls, who were returning from Gardaland amusement park, had called their parents from the train, who alerted the police.
Investigations against around thirty men
Justice is currently investigating about thirty young men; most of the suspects are Italian-born sons of North African and mostly Moroccan immigrants. Most of them live in Lombardy and Veneto.
The riots were harshly condemned by both right and left parties; The mayor of Peschiera del Garda, Orietta Gaulli, and her colleague from the neighboring town of Desenzano accused the local police chief of not being sufficiently prepared, even though they knew about the party. Luca Zaia, Veneto regional president and member of the right-wing National Lega, called for a zero-tolerance policy and tough consequences for criminals.
“Peschiera was just a taste”
The “Afro Baby Gang”, as partygoers were immediately dubbed by the Italian media, has so far been unimpressed by the judicial inquiries or calls for toughness. Just two days after the Peschiera riots, a second rave was announced on TikTok.
And last Friday another video with the revealing text “Peschiera was just a taste, see you soon in Riccione” was distributed. The video shows Moroccan flags and the words “Peschiera is Africa, Riccione is Morocco”. As a result, authorities massively tightened security measures on June 4 in Peschiera and last weekend in the Adriatic Sea resort of Riccione and the nearby town of Rimini.
Only: neither on June 4 in Peschiera nor last weekend in Riccione, no participant of the “Afro-Baby-Gang” was seen. Either they deliberately fooled the authorities with their advertised flash mobs, or they eventually got nervous about the increased police presence.
Instead, members of the neo-fascist group Casa Pound gathered outside Peschiera station on Saturday “to defend our country and our people”, as the leaflets put it. Lega boss Matteo Salvini, who has been beaten politically due to his admiration for Putin, also spoke. “Violence and threats are not welcome, if these ‘good guys’ don’t like it here they might as well leave Italy with the ‘parents’ complicit or distracted,” the Lega boss wrote. , who shared the TikTok video on Twitter. spread