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Italy: Police shoot mentally unstable migrant dead at makeshift workers camp

3 08.06.2016 Инфо

Journalist (Italian): "The carabiniere was injured with a knife."
Refugee: "Both Carabinieri and police were inside"
Journalist: "But your friend injured a man with a knife."
Refugee: "I wasn't there inside, I thought my friend punched the carabiniere, not that he wounded him with a knife."
Journalist: "The man was injured with a knife."
Refugee: "I saw him coming out, bleeding but he hadn't been injured with a knife, they are lying: seven people against only one man, how is it possible that the man hurt the carabiniere with a knife? With a kitchen knife."
Journalist: "But the knife was there."
Refugee: "Yes but it is a knife to make sandwiches not to injure people"
Journalist: "But your friend used the knife."
Refugee: "It can be that he was using it when they came, we from Burkina Faso are friendly people, it can also be that he was cooking."
Journalist: "Where did the shot hit your friend"
Refugee: "There were seven of them inside and they didn't let any black person inside to check how the body was, how the arms, how the legs were. As the ambulance came, they covered him, and put it on the ambulance, and he was gone."
A Carabinieri officer shot dead a mentally unstable migrant after he allegedly attempted to stab the officer at a seasonal workers camp in San Ferdinando near Rosarno, Tuesday. Law enforcement quickly put the site on lockdown following the event.
The migrant reportedly became violent during a psychotic episode at the makeshift camp, according to police. After he allegedly stole something from a fellow resident in the camp, a fight broke out, with two police officers intervening. As back up arrived, the man reportedly lashed out at one of the officers with a knife. The police officer responded by shooting the main in the chest, killing him.
A friend of the deceased man blamed the Carabinieri for his death, saying it was unbelievable that such a number of officers could not take the man down without killing him. "There were seven of them inside and they didn't let any black person inside to check how the body was, how the arms, how the legs were. As the ambulance came, they covered him, and put it on the ambulance, and he was gone", said the bystander.
Riot police later arrived on the scene following an angry reaction from those on site.
Non-governmental organisations, including Doctors Without Borders (MSF), have repeatedly criticised the poor living conditions at the migrant workers camps around Rosarno. MSF have described the makeshift tent sites for seasonal workers as being more poorly equipped that emergency refugee camps in Sub Saharan Africa.