This 2012 video is called BBC – Italy: North African migrants and racism.
From AFP news agency:
Thousands of people demonstrated against racism near Rome’s coliseum on Saturday in the wake of a series of violent assaults on immigrants in Italy.
Hundreds of Chinese immigrants were among those who took part in the demonstration, two days after a 36-year-old man from China was beaten up by a group of teenagers in the Italian capital.
Demonstrators also held pictures of six African immigrants who were killed by mafia gunmen on September 18 in the southern town of Castel Volturno.
Meanwhile, another 5,000 people demonstrated against racism in Caserta, near Castel Volturno, ANSA news agency reported.
In Rome, placards were also held up in memory of Abdul Guievre, a 19-year-old Italian of Burkina Faso origin, who was beaten to death with a metal bar by two bar managers on September 14 in Milan.
According to witnesses, the two men shouted racial epithets as they pummelled the victim.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, during a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday, expressed concern about “worrisome new manifestations of racism” in Italy and Europe.
Gianfranco Fini, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, proposed the creation of a parliamentary panel on racism.
Fini himself of the neo-fascist National Alliance has a record of racism. As the far Right and their coalition allies now have a majority in parliament, it is to be feared that such a panel will be mainly window dressing.
The leader of the leftwing Democratic party, Walter Veltroni, said the fight against racism would be a theme of the opposition’s October 25 demonstration against the government of conservative Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
The problem with Mr Veltroni’s Democratic party is that its policies were hardly “leftwing” while in the administration before the present Berlusconi government. Yes, Italian troops were withdrawn from Iraq. But for the rest, Afghanistan, the US military base in Vicenza, etc., their foreign and military policies were pro Bush; and their economic policies were pro capitalist. Hardly that different from what Berlusconi might have done; thus allowing Berlusconi to return to government. Nevertheless, it is to be hoped that the October 25 demonstration against the Berlusconi government will be a success; also, in the sense that the opposition leaders will learn that they will have to turn strongly to the Left. By the way, 70 years ago, on October 25 Hitler and Mussolini signed the Rome-Berlin Axis Agreement.
See also here on the anti racist demonstrations.
Italian anti Berlusconi demonstration in London: here.
When the Mayor of Rome Rushes to Help Fascism: here.
Growing opposition to Italian government’s xenophobic campaign: here.
Italian migration policy draws fire: here.
Students, teachers and lecturers in Italy are continuing to protest the attacks on the right to education and 130,000 sackings being proposed by the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi: here.
How Racism Created America’s Chinatowns: here.