By  on December 4, 2013

MILAN — Following Sunday’s fire at a Chinese-run Teresa Moda garment factory in Prato, Italy, in which seven immigrant workers perished, Prato mayor Roberto Cenni declared Wednesday a day of mourning, and thousands of local Chinese gathered outside the remains of the warehouse to show their solidarity with the victims. The city also held a special assembly titled “United for a Prato of legal rights and obligations.”

The police have arrested four people so far in connection with the tragedy — all Chinese — and charges include multiple counts of reckless homicide, a malicious lack of safeguards and exploitation of illegal laborers. It is unclear if the Italian owners of the warehouse, who claim to have been in the dark about its activities, will also face prosecution.

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