Thursday 22 February 2018

Man arrested after journalist headbutted during report on Italy's neo-fascists

Italian far-right marchers
Italian far-right marchers

Italian police have detained a man caught on video head-butting a reporter from state-run RAI television amid an interview about his support for a neo-fascist movement.

The violence against the RAI journalist, Daniele Piervincenzi, has led newscasts in Italy for two days.

It has prompted calls by Rome's mayor for a march against organised crime this weekend.

Mr Piervincenzi and his RAI cameraman were conducting interviews in Ostia after the neo-fascist, anti-immigrant CasaPound movement performed well in Ostia municipal elections on Sunday.

One of their subjects, Roberto Spada, who had voiced support for CasaPound, suddenly interrupted the interview, head-butted Mr Piervincenzi, chased after him and the cameraman and beat them with a stick.

CasaPound distanced itself from Mr Spada, who was detained on Thursday, and called for a full investigation.

AP

Press Association

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