Reports of an Italian woman, who claims she was harassed by 25 drunken men when she was walking alone in Florence just before midnight, have recently emerged. Just when she feared she was in immediate danger of being abducted and gang-raped by those men, a rose seller came to her aid.
When Gaia Guarnotta, 25, was walking alone at 11:30 p.m. near Piazza della Repubblica in Florence, Italy, a group of drunken men apparently tried to abduct her on the street, according to a report on MailOnline.
Guarnotta, a photographer from Livorno, said the men called her derogatory names. She claims she tried to run away, but they dragged her by the arm and removed her glasses, she recalled.
“I was walking alone on the street at 23.30. I like to walk, I love Florence and I love the night,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Then the nightmare begins.”
She further added that the pack of lecherous drunks then started to harass her some more, speaking filthily.
Fortunately, Hossein Alamgir, a 58-year-old rose seller, noticed the commotion and went over to help, by driving those men away. How he drove away 25 men is anyone’s guess. It is also not known if Guarnotta or Alamgir ever contacted the police for help, and there has been no word of a police report being filed.
When the story was published, it received a whole range of comments.
One netizen wrote: “Sounds like a publicity stunt. An old guy isn’t going to chase away 25 potential rapists if that’s what they wanted to do. Sounds very suspect to me.”
Another commented, “Don’t you think it rather odd that the police were never involved.”
Whilst another shared her own experience: “Spent many a late evening in Florence and never ever had any problem with the local Italian men. Most of the locals who drank in the bars or pubs did not drink to excess compared to uni students and other groups who were not Italian. Well done to the man who helped and hope she is okay.”
According to Direttanews, Alamgir, who had immigrated to Italy from Bangladesh in 2005, took Guarnotta to a safe place. He gave her some food and towels to wash with, in addition to gifting her a rose.
“Thank you to this world for there are people like Hossein, who help without wanting anything in return,” Guarnotta said. “This is a face I will never forget.”
It would certainly be an indescribably distressing time for any woman to go through anything like that.
So, what are your thoughts on this account, which has recently emerged?