[ View the story "Italian teenager beaten to death in the UK" on Storify] Italian teenager beaten to death in the UK Italian netizens remember #JoeleLeotta
The Stream· Wed, Oct 23 2013 11:29:16
Nine men have been
for the murder of Leotta Sunday night outside the Italian restaurant where he worked. Kent police
only one of the suspects is British and are not treating the attack as racially-motivated.
Police are not treating Joele Leotta's death as a racially aggravated attack.Contrary to rumours, only 1 suspect is British #MaidstoneAnna Young
The death sparked an uproar among Italians on twitter.
: Everyone is justly indignant about the death of the 19-yr-old in #Kent. If I think about how many times I've heard said "they come to steal our jobs"…
Tutti giustamente indignati per la morte del 19enne nel #Kent. Se penso a quante volte volte sento dire "vengono a rubarci il lavoro"...Luigi Vittucci
A thought for Gioele Leotta killed at 19 by xenophobic stupidity
Un pensiero a Gioele #Leotta ucciso a 19 anni dalla stupidità xenofoba...#RIPLuigi Bottiglieri
Many mourned Leotta's death, creating a tribute
on Facebook, with the message "Stop Violence".
The 19-year-old had arrived in the town just 10 days prior to
English and find employment. Many Italians online commented on the challenges economic immigrants face.
I've heard university educated ppl say "british jobs to british ppl" so #JoeleLeotta IF it is racial motive, hope it doesn't get covered upraffaella silvestri
If had not been FORCED to emigrate in order to work ....
Se #JoeleLeotta non fosse stato COSTRETTO a emigrare per poter lavorare....Melissa
For others, it was a sign of the tensions between Southern Europeans and citizens of other EU countries.
Europe united? 19 year old Italian beaten to death in Kent. "They steal our jobs" said the young people that beat him to death.
Europa unita? 19 italiano muore per percosse nel Kent. "Ci rubi il lavoro" hanno detto i giovani che lo hanno ucciso a botte #JoeleLeottalinda mencaroni
@mattkmoore more than horrifying. If this is the Europe they give us, I don't want it!JessicaLara Giancola
The English Government must investigate about the murder of Joele Leotta. North European Countries are colonialists. It's time to scream.Gianni Signorini
Some Maidstone residents were surprised by the episode.
@angelorumori @tancredipalmeri Maidstone is very very diverse. Has been tensions previously. Some very poorly educated youngsters hereJames
@tancredipalmeri its pretty shameful. Live in maidstone and only heard about it other day. Its not representative of the area generallyAndy Nörris
Many online users commented on the differences in British and Italian press coverage — the alleged racial statement has only been
by Italian sources.
In Britain media aren't giving enough stress about the xenophobic nature of Joele Leotta's death. The 4th power is, as usual, a slave.Phi
Spoken to @kentpolicemaid about murder of Italian #Leotta. Police not source of "You're stealing our jobs!" attacker quote in Italian media.Rosie Scammell
The story of the boy murdered in #England (in Kent not in London) is tragic, but the racial thesis seems to me a fake/hype of the media.
La storia del ragazzo ammazzato in #Inghilterra (in Kent non a Londra) e' tragica, ma la tesi razziale mi sembra una montatura della stampaMario Oliviero
Some Italians reflected on the issue of xenophobia, which they have been
It hurts when we're the immigrants in situation, no? So then reflect, racists. #leotta
Fa male quando siamo noi a essere gli immigrati della situazione, no? E allora riflettete, razzisti di merda. #leottaValerio