Thirteen people, all belonging to neo-fascist groups, are under investigation for the brutal aggression against Bengali citizens in Rome. “Banglatour”: this was the name given to the evenings devoted to such attacks.
The daily italian newspaper La Repubblica brought to light the incident on November 2013. After the arrest of a 19 and a 16-year-old roman guys, who had nastily beaten a Bengali minor sending him to the hospital with the cracked lip and a broken eyebrown, the newspaper interviewed some other youngsters belonging to groups of the Roman extreme right wing. Those interviews revealed a real neo-fascist practice, and brought the magistrate to open an investigation, without however making alleged criminal offences.
Today, the Ros inspections, led by the prosecutor Sergio Colaiocco, have shown a list of 13 people under investigation, including 43-year-old Giovanni Maria Camillacci, a popular figure of the right-wing movement Forza Nuova. According to the investigators, the feature common to all suspects is “an ideological vocation of Nazi far-right asserting both Holocaust denial and white supremacy“. Furthermore, Ros searched the homes of other right-wing extremists in Ferrara and Chieti. They all are accused of being part of a criminal association aimed at “incitement to racial discrimination and violence“, aggravated by “racial hatred“. Some of the charges are injuries, criminal possession of weapons and other minor offences. Meanwhile, police also searched the headquarters of the organization Forza Nuova located in via Amulio, in Rome, frequented by several suspects.
In the search warrant, it is also mentioned the November 2013 La Repubblica article about the raids organized by Forza Nuova headquarters, which reports a number of stories of some minors according to whom “the immigrant from Bangladesh is a perfect target since he neither respond nor report”, and describes the aggressions as “a therapeutic and ideological beating”, as something “to blow off steam”. In particular, four of the thirteen people under investigation are accused of fostering and leading “a group whose aim is the incitement to discrimination and violence for racial and religious motives”, by spreading via web, especially through Facebook profiles, “ideas founded on white supremacy and racial hatred”.