‘The only thing you have to fear’ from a steel pipe attack
It’s the second attack on a sports stadium in Italy in less than a month.
A group of about 10 men opened fire at the Novembre Arena in the south of the country on February 11, injuring two people, but police arrested two days later.
It has since emerged that two of the men were brothers, as well as that they were the owners of a business called “Steel Pipe”, which is said to have been used to build a steel pipes and tubing factory.
Police have also said they believe the group was motivated by an anti-racism campaign.
On Sunday, one of the injured, an Italian woman named Lucia, was in hospital in serious condition, but was discharged after two days.
Her attacker, a 23-year-old man named Stefano, who police identified as one of his brothers, was detained on suspicion of the same offence.
“It is the only thing we have to be afraid of,” said Lucia, who lives in the city of Cagliari.
“The other day, someone went up to my house, pointed a knife and said ‘this is what I want, a steel cup’,” she told Al Jazeera.
“I told him I’m sorry.
He said: ‘No, you’re not.’
I had to defend myself.
It was a good thing he did.
I don’t feel sorry for him.
We’re all victims here.
We have to live with the consequences.”
Lucia told Aljazeera that she believes her attackers were motivated by anti-racist sentiments.
“We’re all suffering, and it’s our fault.
Racism has always existed in Italy,” she said.
“As a country, we’ve always been afraid of something, but I’m not afraid anymore.
Racists don’t exist here.
And we have a right to be free.”
The attack has sparked calls for Italy to strengthen anti-hate legislation, which is already weak.