Three attacks on Rome ambulance drivers in two weeks

Union says violence against rescue workers daily

Three attacks on Rome ambulance drivers in two weeks

Rome, June 19 - Ambulance drivers called to the San Basilio neighborhood of Rome were attacked on two different occasions Tuesday, making it the third aggression against emergency workers in the last two weeks, police said Wednesday. Tuesday evening a crowd swarmed the driver and medical team as they loaded a 60-year-old man who had suffered a heart attack into the rescue vehicle. The man died shortly after arriving to the hospital. Earlier in the day, an ambulance and its driver were pummeled with stones as a group of onlookers shouted insults. On June 12, ambulance drivers were attacked by an angry mob in San Basilio when they arrived on the scene of a shooting-stabbing incident in which one man was killed and the other injured. One driver suffered a fracture to his shoulder. However, the rescue team managed to load both the 18-year-old, who was dead on arrival, and the injured 25-year-old, and transport them to a hospital. In April, an ambulance arriving to provide medical assistance during clashes between rival fans before the AS Roma and Lazio derby was attacked, but there were no serious injuries. Incidents of violence directed against rescue workers happening more frequently, Natale Di Cola from the CGIL labor union said. Attacks happen "every day. The situation is no longer sustainable and there is no reason for it," Di Cola said. "Despite these violent acts, the teams manage to carry out their jobs professionally and with courage. "Words of support are not enough, unfortunately. Concrete action is needed to guarantee public service and defend everyone's right to assistance," Di Cola said.

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