Priest Hospitalized After Attack During Silent Pro-Family Manifestation in Rovereto

Country: Italy

Date of incident: October 5, 2014

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Morals

Area of case: Anti-Religion or humanism groups / Private

On Sunday, 5th of October, silent demonstrations against “gay marriage” took place throughout Italy under the name “standing sentinels” (“Sentinelle in Piedi”). During the gathering in Rovereto a group of anarchists demanded that the Sentinels leave and started to attack them. Two people, a priest and a young woman, had to been taken to hospital.

The “Sentinelle in Piedi” took place in Bologna, Turin, Genoa, Aosta, and Rovereto. Although the gatherings were officially permitted, a group identified as anarchists arrived to the gathering in Rovereto and demanded that the Sentinels leave. They destroyed the Sentinel´s publicity materials, screamed threats and threw eggs on the demonstration participants and even attacked them by kicking and pushing. Two participants, a priest, Fr. Matteo Graziola and a young woman, were attacked so seriously that they needed to be hospitalized.