A MASSIVE protest erupted on the streets of the Italian port city of Trieste after an 18-year-old girl was attacked by a migrant group.
The incident sparked a large scale police response after the young girl said she was approached and detained by three migrants near a refugee centre in the city which is situated close to the Slovak border.
According to reports 400 citizens took to the streets after the girl reported the incident to her mother.
The mother of the girl who has not been named spoke to the newspaper Gazzettino insisting her child has been left traumatised by her experience after she was cornered coming off a bus.
She said: “It is not right to be afraid for your daughter, I do not know if my daughter will be able to go back to public transport.”
The incident occurred after a migrant centre was set up at the Villa Nazareth di Trieste.
However a protest group known as Stop Before Trieste was set up after a number of females were alleged to have been harassed by migrants.
Stop Before Trieste organiser Alessio Edoardo said: “Ours was a protest against the institutions, we did not want to incite to racism.
“We have always and will continue to work alongside the police.
“I as the organiser of the event agreed with the Police that we were to protest in an area agreed by the Police.
“However it was not possible to comply with the order because the turnout was remarkable. “
But the Solidarity Consortium which manages migrants said the demonstration was aggressive.
A spokesman said: “Only the strong presence and readiness of police forces prevented very serious consequences in terms of physical violence against foreigners who were only going to the canteen.
“The climate of racial hatred and related violence are growing rapidly and Trieste, behind a thin layer of normality.”
According to local reports the city spent £9.2m hosting immigrants to the city last year.
However there has been anger because 7,000 people are reported to be unemployed in the city which has a population of 201,000.
Campaigners are reported to be upset over the influx of more than 1,000 Afghans and Pakistani immigrants who they claim are not fleeing war.
They have also reacted to the rise of what they call “shanty towns” of illegal migrants who have set up home in the city according to local news outlet Trieste Prima.