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Italy’s Chinese shocked by death of student

The body of a Chinese student living in Rome was discovered Friday days after she was attacked in the street and disappeared, reports said, sparking outrage from Italy's Chinese community.

Italy's Chinese shocked by death of student
Photo: Richard Fisher/Flickr
“Our community is angry,” said Lucia King, spokeswoman for the 20,000-strong community in Rome.
 
“It is absurd that a person can be attacked in broad daylight, near a police station. How is this possible?” she told the Adnkronos news agency.
 
The victim, 20-year-old Zhang Yao, had been studying at Rome's Academy of Fine Arts.
 
She disappeared on Monday near the immigration bureau in the east of the Italian capital, where she had gone to renew her visa.
 
A friend she shared an apartment with said Zhang had phoned her on Monday saying she had been robbed of her bag and that she was pursuing her attackers.
 
CCTV footage showed the young woman surrounded by three shadowy figures thought to have been her assailants.
 
Zhang is believed to have followed the attackers along a railway siding but was eventually hit by a train, according to first enquiries.
 
Her body was discovered on Friday morning in undergrowth near the railway track.
 
Her parents travelled to Rome to identify the body.
 
The Chinese embassy in Rome urged Chinese students in Italy to redouble their vigilance.

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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