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Er Pelliccia (The Fur) is the nickname given to Fabrizio Filippi, a 24 year old Italian man who threw a fire extinguisher at police during the Occupy Rome protests on October 15th, 2011.
The photo was taken by an AP photographer covering the Occupy Rome riots. Filippi was caught mid throw in several images, but one in particular of him twisting his body in an awkward position was shared on several Italian news sites. It was suggested that he was a member of the “Black bloc”, a controversial group of extreme left-wing/anarchist activists who often appear during riots, strikes or other major events in Italy. They are known for fighting against the police, raiding shops, vandalizing property and other seemingly random acts of chaos.
After the image went viral, people sought out Filippi’s identity on the web. Filippi was tracked down via his profile on the Italian dating site Badoo, where he was recognized by a bracelet and wrist tattoo from the protest photo. His Facebook profile, where he posted that he hated the state and listed Jack the Ripper as a personal inspiration, was also shared by news sites.
According to his father, Filippi told his parents he was going to the University on Saturday morning and they were unaware he was actually going to attend the protests.
The Italian gaming forum NGI was the first to begin photoshopping the image on October 18th, 2011.
Soon after, the Facebook page “Il Meglio Di Internet” collected the images into a gallery, which has nearly 1000 likes.
la Repubblica.it – Scontri Roma, arrestato il ragazzo che lanciò l’estintore
Romagna Noi – Scontri Scontri Roma: fermato l’uomo con l’estintore
TGCom – Cita Hitler e si ispira a Pacciani
Sui social network le passioni di Er Pelliccia (English translation)
Corriere Della Sera – Arrestato il ragazzo con l’estintore: «Pentito, ma non sono un black bloc» (English Translation)