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Local mayor attacked over street market

Fabio Fucci, the newly-elected mayor of Pomezia, a province of Rome, was allegedly attacked by the town's former mayor and a woman for refusing to allow a street market.

Local mayor attacked over street market
The attack happened in Pomezia's Piazza Indipendenza. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Fucci was walking across Piazza Indipendenza on Wednesday evening with Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Serra when the attack happened, Il Fatto Quotidiano reported.

The assailants were named by La Stampa as 67-year-old Walter Filippo Fedele, a former mayor of the town, and 53-year-old Lina Pontrelli.

The pair lashed out at Fucci with kicks and punches in protest at his refusal to authorise a street market in Pomezia, according to media reports.

A police officer who intervened in the ruckus was injured and taken to hospital along with Fucci and Serra, while the accused were arrested for injury and resisting a public official.

Thirty-three year old Fucci was elected on June 10th with 63 percent of the vote and is the first mayor for the Five Star Movement (M5S) in the region of Lazio.

On Monday another M5S politician became mayor, in the Sicilian town of Ragusa.

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BOLOGNA

Italy’s president calls for ‘full truth’ on anniversary of Bologna bombing

President Sergio Mattarella said on Tuesday it was the state's duty to shed more light on the 1980 bombing of Bologna's train station, on the 42nd anniversary of the attack that killed 85 people and injured 200.

Italy's president calls for 'full truth' on anniversary of Bologna bombing

On August 2nd 1980, a bomb exploded in the railway station’s waiting room, causing devastation on an unprecedented scale.

Five members of terrorist groups were later convicted in relation to the bombing, the worst episode in Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ period of political violence in the 1970s and 80s.

Most recently, in 2020, a former member of the far-right Armed Revolutionary Nucleus (NAR) was sentenced to life imprisonment for providing logistical support to those who carried out the attack.

But suspicions remain of cover-ups and the involvement of “deviant elements” within the nation’s security services, reported Italian news agency Ansa.

READ ALSO: Bologna massacre: 40 years on, questions remain over Italy’s deadliest postwar terror attack

“The bomb that killed people who happened to be at the station on that morning 42 years ago still reverberates with violence in the depths of the country’s conscience,” Mattarella said in a speech marking the anniversary on Tuesday.

“It was the act of cowardly men of unequalled inhumanity, one of the most terrible of the history of the Italian Republic.

A train compartment at Bologna station pictured following the 1980 bombing attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari.

“It was a terrorist attack that sought to destabilise democratic institutions and sow fear, hitting ordinary citizens going about their everyday tasks.

“On the day of the anniversary our thoughts go, above all, to the relatives forced to suffer the greatest pain.

“The neo-fascist nature of the massacre has been established in court and further steps have been made to unveil the cover-ups and those who ordered the attack in order to comply with the Republic’s duty to seek the full truth”.

The bombing remains Western Europe’s fourth deadliest postwar terror attack, and one of the most devastating in Italy’s history.

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