Shoving and truncheons in front of the Rai headquarters in Naples, 10 slightly injured

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Shoving and truncheons in front of the Rai headquarters in Naples, 10 slightly injured

The demonstration called by the Social Network for Palestine of Naples outside the Rai headquarters in the Campania capital ends with clashes between demonstrators and police forces (ten lightly injured, five on each side). The initiative was organized to protest against the document by the CEO of Viale Mazzini, Roberto Sergio, read by Mara Venier during Domenica In after the harsh stance taken by the Israeli ambassador for the “stop the genocide” requested by the rapper Ghali on Sanremo stage. It was supposed to be a peaceful initiative, but when some of the two hundred demonstrators try to put up a banner at the Rai gates, defended by officers in riot gear, chaos breaks out. Mimì Ercolano, 45 years old, three children, Si-Cobas trade unionist, suffers a head wound and is filmed with her face covered in blood. The photo goes viral on the web, the consequences for her are not serious: “A big headache and a five-day prognosis, but I'm ready to take to the streets again. We were armed only with flags but we were beaten with truncheons, a violent reaction and disproportionate which says a lot about the new style of the police headquarters towards street demonstrations”.

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During the scuffles, a photojournalist was also injured in the eyebrow. The policemen had between ten (for four officers) and twenty days of prognosis (in one case). “The pressure exerted by the demonstrators on the policemen crushed the departments framed towards the fence of the Rai headquarters and this led to a easing reaction which clearly prevented dialogue with the demonstrators about their real intentions”, we read in a released note from the Naples police station.

The situation then returns to normal, and the garrison dissolves when one of the demonstrators gets an interview on RAI's microphones to explain the reasons for the sit-in. “We demand – say the exponents of the pro-Palestine Network – a public television that does not threaten freedom of speech, that does not censor and does not deny an ongoing genocide: over 100,000 killed or seriously injured, 70% of whom are women and children, as highlighted by the International Court of Justice”. The former mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris also participates in the street initiative: “It was necessary – he says – to protest against the political use of public television by the CEO Roberto Sergio who aligns Italian public radio and television in favor of the State of Israel by distancing itself from the singer Ghali who had dared to speak of genocide. The outcome for those who asked for justice for the Palestinian people, the end of the Israeli occupation, the ceasefire, is many truncheons, with open heads and much blood”.

The political controversy erupts within minutes of the news of the riots. “There is an unbreathable regime climate. We ask Piantedosi to take responsibility for what happened in Naples and to clarify what made such a reaction necessary”, say the exponents of the 5 Star Movement in the Rai Supervisory Commission. “The minister must come and report immediately in the Chamber on the attack by the police on young people who were demonstrating peacefully in Naples against the Israeli-Palestinian war”, ask the parliamentarians of the Democratic Party, the M5s and of Avs. The leader of the League Matteo Salvini instead expresses “human and cultural solidarity with Roberto Sergio and total condemnation for those who insult and threaten by professing to be 'pacifists'”, on an afternoon which sees Viale Mazzini shaken also by the reaction of “very strong disappointment” from the president of Rai, Marinella Soldi, against the CEO's note. An initiative, Soldi argues, not shared among the top management of the public service and which in his opinion would have been the result of a lack of reflection and caution, risking making the company appear divided and biased. Meanwhile, pro-Palestine demonstrations are multiplying in front of the RAI offices: today after Naples it was the turn of Florence, Turin and Trento, tomorrow it will be the turn of Milan, on Saturday it will be Rome.

Pro-Palestine demonstration in Turin, 7 injured

The number of injured among the police forces rises to seven after tensions in front of the Rai headquarters in Turin during a pro-Palestine demonstration. In addition to three policemen, four carabinieri were injured. Two police vehicles were damaged. Meanwhile, the demonstrators, who dropped from a thousand to a few hundred, set off again in a procession, stopping in front of a McDonald's, where they daubed the windows with some graffiti. Other writings were made in the central Via Po, always praising Palestine and against the State of Israel. The procession then headed to Piazza Castello and is nearing its conclusion.

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