Four Teenagers Vandalized Christ Child Statue in Nativity Scene

Country: Italy

Date of incident: December 29, 2019

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private

Four teenaged boys were identified and referred to the Public Prosecutor at the Juvenile Court of Bresci on allegations that they vandalized the statue of the Christ child in the nativity scene in the piazza outside the basilica in San Benedetto Po. The day after the incident, police found the head and torso of the statue hanging on an iron pole on the opposite side of the piazza. Evidence collected led the police to the four perpetrators, described as Muslims, born in Italy, of Moroccan descent. They reportedly admitted their involvement in the incident.

Sources: L'Altra Manatova and Il Giorno