Six police officers were injured in weekend battles with far-left anarchist fanatics in support of the Italian terrorist Alfredo Cospito who is on a hunger strike..
The altercations happened on Saturday at a protest in support of Cospito and opposing the “41-bis” jail regime that the convicted terrorist has been sentenced to since writing openly supportive letters to his supporters about violent terrorism.
Six law enforcement officers were hurt during the battles between the policemen and the far-left extremist Cospito supporters when the extremists started throwing homemade bombs and other objects at the policemen, according to the newspaper Il Giornale.
Following the attacks, a total of eleven extremists were detained; some were known to the police to be active in Milan’s anarchist movement, while the others were from Trento, Turin, and other cities.
In response to the violence over the weekend, the union of the FSP State Police has asked for the establishment of laws against “street terrorism,” with Valter Mazzetti, the FSP State Police secretary general, criticizing the violence.
According to Mazzetti, “We have been requesting for years that a case be outlined that anticipates and punishes this and gives us sufficient means to detect and avoid the next guerrilla conflict.”
“Throwing stones and bombs at the police cannot be accepted if voicing one’s opinion has always been and will always be an unalienable right,” according to Enzo Letizia, secretary of the National Association of Police Officers.
Members of PM Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (FdI), including Riccardo De Corato, said they were prepared and willing to propose a bill in the legislature to create a “street terrorism” statute for individuals who use or incite violence at protests.
Anarchists in Rome and Milan attacked police officers and police cars to support the far-left terrorist that is serving time for shooting a government official and for bombing the barracks of a carabinieri cadet. The weekend violence is just the latest incident related to Cospito’s hunger strike.
After being put under the extremely stringent 41-bis jail system, which largely blocks off his access to all of the outside world, Cospito has been on a hunger strike.