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Demonstrations and vigils in Italy following the violent death of Giulia Cecchettin, 22 years old


Filippo Turetta, who disappeared a week ago, was arrested on Sunday in Germany after the body of Giulia Cecchettin was found the day before with multiple stab wounds.

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Over the past week, Giulia Cecchettin’s smiling face has been in the news almost constantly.

The 22-year-old Venetian engineering student disappeared on November 11 with her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Filippo Turetta.

On Saturday, Cecchettin’s body was found at the bottom of a ravine with at least 20 stab wounds to his neck and head, his body covered in black bags.

The discovery came after a video surfaced in which Turetta could be seen beating Cecchettin, and authorities suspect he murdered his former partner before fleeing the country.

On Sunday, Turetta was arrested near Leipzig in Germany, almost 1,000 km from the scene of the crime, where he had fled in his car.

Although there was an international arrest warrant against him, the 22-year-old was only arrested thanks to a German driver who called the police after seeing that Turetta was parked on the highway with his lights off. – without even knowing he was wanted. murder.

According to Italian newspapers, he no longer had money to pay for gasoline.

Turetta is currently detained in Germany but is expected to be extradited to Italy, where he is expected to stand trial for voluntary manslaughter.

“A healthy son of the patriarchy”

The case has sparked widespread anger in Italy, where Cecchettin’s killing is being described as “femicide”, although the country does not legally recognize the killing of a woman because of her gender as a separate crime.

According to data from the Italian Interior Ministry, Cecchettin is the 102nd victim of femicide in the country since the start of the year. Some 52 of these women were killed by a partner or former partner.

Cecchettin’s sister, Elena Cecchettin, spoke to the public and media linking Giulia’s murder to a patriarchal culture of violence and control against women that normalizes the toxic behavior of men like Turetta.

During the week spent researching the two students, disturbing details about their relationship emerged. It was claimed that Turetta was controlling, jealous and obsessive.

He allegedly checked Cecchettin’s phone, texted her, and called her constantly when she wasn’t with him, and he was jealous that she was graduating before him. He apparently refused to accept it when Cecchettin broke off their relationship.

“Turetta is often described as a monster, but it is not a monster”, Elena Cecchettin said in interviews as well as an editorial for the Italian newspaper Corriere.

“A monster is an exception, a person who is outside of society, a person for whom society does not need to take responsibility. But there is a responsibility. Monsters are not sick, they are healthy offspring of patriarchy and rape culture,” she added.

“Femicide is a murder committed by the state because the state does not protect us. (…) We must fund anti-violence centers and give those who need it the opportunity to ask for help. Because Giulia, do not respect a minute of silence, but burn everything.

Several protests and vigils took place across Italy on Sunday, while a broader process was called for in Rome on November 25, the International Day Against Gender Violence. On Tuesday, schools across Italy will observe a minute of silence in honor of Giulia Cecchettin.

Promises of change

“We all wish Giulia was still alive, but unfortunately our worst fears have come true. Kill. I feel great anger and great sadness,” Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said. said after Cecchettin’s body was found Saturday.

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The Italian leader has promised a new educational campaign in schools to eradicate the toxic culture of violence that survives in the country.

Meloni also noted that she has already increased funds for women’s shelters and anti-violence centers. Opposition leader Democratic Party (PD) Secretary Elly Schlein said she was ready to work with the government to pass more regulations combating femicide and violence against women in Italy.

A bill aimed at strengthening measures to combat gender-based violence in Italy will be submitted to the Senate on Wednesday.



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