Man hurls racist insults at ER doctor, refuses treatment

Incident in Italian beach town goes viral

23 August, 09:00

    (ANSAmed) - ROMA, 23 AGO - A 35-year-old doctor of Cameroonian origins, Andi Florin Nganso Fenjiep, was targeted by racist insults by a patient in a hospital emergency room in the city of Lignano Sabbiadoro, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of northeastern Italy.

    The patient refused treatment due to the color of the doctor's skin.

    The incident was reported on social media and widely commented on, sparking public indignation.

    An incident of racism occurred last week at a hospital emergency room in Lignano Sabbiadoro, a seaside city in the Udine province of northeastern Italy, where a man refused to be examined by a doctor or Cameroonian origins due to the color of his skin.

    The man also reportedly hurled racist insults at the doctor.

    The incident was discussed on social media and widely commented on, sparking numerous reactions of indignation including from local and national politicians.

    The incident occurred on Aug. 17 and the doctor involved - Andi Florin Nganso Fenjiep, 35 anni - filed a report with the Lignano Sabbiadoro carabinieri on Aug. 19.

    Brawl in emergency room after insults Assisted by the lawyer Cathy La Torre, whose office is in Bologna, the doctor filed a police report and confirmed what had been reported on social media: that he had been insulted by a patient who, refusing to be treated by him, also sparked a brawl in the emergency room, making intervention by the carabinieri necessary.

    The verbal attacker was a 59-year-old man, P. B. A., who had previously been engaged in seasonal work in Lignano Sabbiadoro and is living in Treviso, where he is officially "without a fixed residence".

    Security forces will report to the judicial authorities on the incident and it will be assessed by the Udine prosecutor's office.

    Solidarity from associations and politicians The incident has sparked indignation among the public in Italy and expressions of solidarity by associations, public bodies, and political representatives.

    "The racist attack that Andi Nganso suffered while he was doing his job at the emergency room of Lignano Sabbiadoro should be firmly condemned and policies need to be put in place against ethic and race-based intolerance, which cannot be allowed in our society," stressed the coordinator of Italy's national office against racist discrimination, UNAR, Mattia Peradotto. "Dr.

    Nganso did well to report the incident and proceed through legal means against his attacker. The institutions and UNAR will be at his side against all forms of hatred and racism. Thanks should be extended also to Cathy Latorre and all the lawyers who offered free legal advice. Racism should be fought against and is defeated through the efforts of all." (A beach in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Udine).

    PHOTO/ARCHIVE/ANSA/ALBERTO ROCHIRA) (ANSAmed).

    © Copyright ANSA - All rights reserved