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Naples unemployed probed over protest violence

Bros movement members intimidated the authorities, police say

13 February, 12:53
Naples unemployed probed over protest violence (ANSA) - Naples, February 13 - Naples police on Thursday took precautionary measures against 25 members of an association of unemployed workers involved in street protests between 2010 and 2014 for allegedly using violence and other strategies to obtain special treatment from government officials.

Ten people belonging to the so-called Bros movement were placed under house arrest and a further 15 were banned from leaving their municipality of residence as part of a probe into presumed criminal activities aimed at levering public officials over social security payments, unemployment benefit and return-to-work provisions.

Specifically, they are suspected of blocking railways and the port, occupying public offices, churches and museums, destroying political party headquarters and setting fire to rubbish bins, buses and private vehicles in order to intimidate the authorities.

They could now face possible charges of criminal association aimed at committing crimes against public order and safety and the public administration, police said.

Such alleged crimes had been kept "clearly distinct" from the exercise of the constitutional right to social dissent, they added.