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Italy: Vandals ravage 70 graves in Catholic and Jewish cemetery in Rome01:34

Italy: Vandals ravage 70 graves in Catholic and Jewish cemetery in Rome

Italy, Rome
May 13, 2017 at 13:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

At least 70 headstones and monuments were ravaged in an act of vandalism in several parts of the Verano cemetery in Rome during the night between Thursday and Friday. Footage shot on Saturday

shows the extent of the damage.

Graves in both the Catholic and the Jewish sector were heavily damaged. Tombstones were found smashed; sculptures of the Star of David, the symbol of the Judaism, had fallen to the ground and broken into pieces; crosses were uprooted and glass frames were shattered.

According to reports filed by local authorities, those responsible ford the act of vandalism were a group of teenagers, aged between 15 and 16 years, who allegedly desecrated the graves after they remained locked inside the cemetery after its closing time.

Rome’s Mayor Virginia Raggi condemned the vandalism on Twitter, calling it “cowardly”. Raggi expressed her solidarity to the families affected by the gesture, and urged investigators to immediately clarify the circumstances around the incident.

Two of the vandals have already been identified by the police.

Italy: Vandals ravage 70 graves in Catholic and Jewish cemetery in Rome01:34
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At least 70 headstones and monuments were ravaged in an act of vandalism in several parts of the Verano cemetery in Rome during the night between Thursday and Friday. Footage shot on Saturday

shows the extent of the damage.

Graves in both the Catholic and the Jewish sector were heavily damaged. Tombstones were found smashed; sculptures of the Star of David, the symbol of the Judaism, had fallen to the ground and broken into pieces; crosses were uprooted and glass frames were shattered.

According to reports filed by local authorities, those responsible ford the act of vandalism were a group of teenagers, aged between 15 and 16 years, who allegedly desecrated the graves after they remained locked inside the cemetery after its closing time.

Rome’s Mayor Virginia Raggi condemned the vandalism on Twitter, calling it “cowardly”. Raggi expressed her solidarity to the families affected by the gesture, and urged investigators to immediately clarify the circumstances around the incident.

Two of the vandals have already been identified by the police.

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