Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Rome teargas probe results 'to be made public' says Severino

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Rome, November 19 - Italian Justice Minister Paola
Severino said Monday she would make public the results of an
ongoing internal investigation into the possible misuse of
teargas against anti-austerity protesters last week.
On Wednesday police clashed with protesters on a European
Union-wide day of anti-austerity protests.
In one incident, amateur video showed what appeared to be
teargas canisters coming from the direction of the justice
ministry building.
The following day Severino launched an internal
investigation.
"I want justice to prevail in this country," she said. "For
this reason I will make the investigation results public and
share them with Rome prosecutors".
The idea of tear gas being fired directly from the ministry
at protesters below prompted some commentators to recall the
so-called Years of Lead of political violence of the 1970s and
80s.
The Rome police department has admitted to using the
teargas but has countered accusations of firing from the
ministry building, saying the canisters had been aimed away from
protesters but then ricocheted off of the ministry building.
On Monday, Severino said surveillance cameras showed no
signs of any non-ministry employees entering the building.
"From viewing the complete surveillance recordings, you can
see that no outsiders entered the justice ministry," she said.
Rome prosecutors have also launched an investigation into
possible police brutality across the city during the marred
event, and Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri has vowed
that officers who used excessive violence will be punished.
The probe will also look into any unlawful behavior on the
part of protesters, who filled streets in the thousands.

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