A reporter for Italian TV network Matrix, Francesca Parisella, was attacked on live TV last Wednesday night, May 3, by the refugees she was drumming up sympathy for.
According to the translation, Parisella was on the air with Matrix news anchor Nicola Porro, speaking to him about the refugees from Africa who were sleeping out in the cold on cardboard at the train terminal in Rome.
She mentioned the volunteers who had come to give the refugees hot food, and said they were from Central Africa, hoping to move on to Milan and other cities in northern Italy, then on into northern Europe.
“We don’t want to disturb them further, because it’s important to know that this reception…” she started to say, then the camera is bumped off her and she says, in shock, “We’ve been assaulted!”
“What’s happening, Francesca?” Porro yells.
“They’ve assaulted us, Nicola,” she responds.
“Get out of there, don’t worry!” he yells at her.
Francesa is heard screaming in fear in the background, reportedly saying, “What do you want? You’re crazy!”
“Oh God, Francesca, get out of there,” the news anchor yells, helpless, from the studio, as he told the producer to call police.
A group of the African refugees had attacked Parisella and her cameraman from behind. The two were rescued by a nearby cab driver and made it to safety. The camera was reportedly damaged and the cameraman was beaten in the scuffle, according to the Vlad Tepes blog. Parisella reportedly stated, “We were at a distance to report on the type of welcome we can give; they were disturbed and they assaulted us. They chased me and grabbed me by the jacket.”
Watch the incident in the video below:
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