Dozens of immigrants from North Africa rioted during the night in a multi-ethnic district of Milan, smashing shop windows and overturning cars to protest at the knifing death of an Egyptian, Italian police said on Sunday.
It was the second episode of violence involving immigrants this year, after clashes in southern Italy in January brought about the worst racial violence in the country since World War Two and reignited a long-running debate on immigration.
The rioting began on Saturday evening after a 19-year-old Egyptian man, indentified by police as Hamed Mamoud El Fayed Adou, was killed, apparently by a group of immigrants from South America.
Police said the North Africans, most of them Egyptians, went on a rampage and some clashed with police in the northeastern neighbourhood where some 70 percent of shops are owned by immigrants.
Milan’s deputy mayor, Riccardo De Corato, called the area a “Wild West between north African and South American gangs.”
Police said they had identified more than 30 people involved, most of them Egyptian. Ten Egyptians did not have regular residence permits, and four have been detained.
They were still searching for the South Americans believed to have been responsible for the killing, which they said took place after an argument on a city bus.
The Northern League, an anti-immigrant party in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition, called for the immigrants responsible for the violence to be expelled.
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