Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer

The photograph of Nina De Chiffre subsequently went viral on social media and was hailed as a symbol of peaceful protest in the country

The 20-year-old student was photographed kissing officer Salvatore Piccione during a protest against a planned rail link in Northern Italy.
The 20-year-old student was photographed kissing officer Salvatore Piccione during a protest against a planned rail link in Northern Italy.

An Italian student protester has been charged with sexual assault after she was pictured kissing a riot police officer's helmet during a demonstration last month.

The 20-year-old student was photographed kissing officer Salvatore Piccione during a protest against a planned rail link in Northern Italy.

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The photograph of Nina De Chiffre subsequently went viral on social media and was hailed as a symbol of peaceful protest in the country.

However, COISP, a union representing Italian police officers, later revealed that they had lodged a complaint with Turin prosecutors.

Franco Maccari, the union's general secretary told La Repubblica: "We have accused the protester of sexual violence and insulting a public official.

"If the policeman had kissed her, World War III would have broken out," he said. "Or what if I had patted her on the behind? She would have been outraged. So if she does that to a man on duty, should it be tolerated?", he added.

"A kiss is a positive thing," he said. "But in this context, between these two people, it was just disrespect."

It later emerged that Nina De Chiffre had not only kissed the officer but had also licked her fingers and touched his mouth.

According to reports the protester has since been charged with "sexual violence" and causing "offence to a public official".

Speaking to TheLocal, riot officer Salvatore Piccione said: “ When I'm wearing my uniform I represent the police institution, and I have an obligation not to react to provocation."

"The important thing is that, in the end, the demonstration went ahead without disturbance.”

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