Hundreds of people joined the funeral procession of a young black man in Italy, whose brutally beaten death shook the country and condemned it from the highest levels of government
Rome – Hundreds of people in Italy joined a funeral procession on Saturday, in which a black man whose death by brutal beating had shaken the nation and condemned it from the highest levels of government.
Premier Giusepp Conte and Italy’s interior minister attended the funeral of 21-year-old Willie Monteiro Duterte, who was killed during a fight in Collefarro, on the outskirts of Rome, early on 6 September.
Four Italians have been arrested, including two brothers with police records and a martial arts background, but to date prosecutors have not indicated if the killing was racially motivated.
Italian news reports quoted eyewitnesses as saying that Monteiro Duterte, who was born to parents from the African island nation of Cape Verde in Rome, intervened while watching a friend get beaten up in a fight and then find himself badly Beaten up.
The assassination has created a furore in a country that in recent months has shown a remarkable sense of common purpose in its bid to curb Italy’s coronovirus outbreak. Carlo Verdelli wrote in the Corriere della Serra newspaper on Saturday, the beating was evidence of another Italy, an ugly one, where apathy, hatred and anger are growing.
Verdi wrote, “Today’s funeral for Willie is a funeral for a nation that does not know how to educate or protect its sons.”
Noting that a racial element has not been established, Verdelli stated that the evidence of murder is “hatred for those who are isolated, who come from outside, who are fat, weak, female or disabled, or who protest. Try to do. The law of survival of the fittest. ”
Hundreds of people were involved in the funeral procession, mostly wearing white shirts and face masks, walking towards the sports stadium where Monteiro Duterte was being honored and then clapped with reverence as his coffin. . It was a strong display of solidarity for the young man, an apprentice cook who has been described as hard working and understanding by those who know him.
Pictures of his smiling face have surfaced on Italian newspapers for days, including photographs of the suspects, with tattooed brothers shirtless in boxed poses.
The murder appears to affect Conte on an intermittent level: he later calls the family to express his condolences and demand justice. Conte has also stated that the murder was not an isolated incident and should not be minimized.
Conte told the crowd after the funeral on Saturday, “We must look ourselves in the eye and be fully aware that there are few pockets of society and a population of violence and oppression.”
In a separate Facebook post, he asked what it meant that someone could be murdered while trying to help a friend in Italy.
“Shall we ask our children to look away?” Not to get caught up in controversies or to try to protect weak friends or friends in apparent difficulty? “Conte asked.” I don’t think it could be the answer or the way forward. Instead, we should multiply our efforts in every place and context, so that our children grow up with a culture of respect for all. ”
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