Italy used to be a tolerant country, but now racism is rising
The upcoming election has unleashed a tide of anti-migrant action, whose roots can be traced to the financial crisis and the country’s weakened leftwing
To the Guardian the “migrants” are of course blameless…
Flowers are still arriving at the roadside for Pamela Mastropietro. It is just over two weeks since this troubled blonde 18-year-old went missing here, only to resurface in a pair of suitcases left in a ditch.
No sooner was an illegal immigrant arrested for her killing than a local neo-fascist took it upon himself to drive around town in broad daylight shooting anyone who looked vaguely foreign.
Six African migrants were injured — though no one has left any flowers for them.
Several arrests and the arrival of one of the country’s top police officers here have done little to calm the mood.
Animal rights activists are up in arms over attempts to barbecue a dog at an immigrant welcome center in southern Italy, with migrants insisting the practice is normal where they come from.
Members of the Carabinieri, an Italian military police force, intervened immediately after receiving a call from an employee of the center who had witnessed the scene of a 29-year-old Nigerian man intent on roasting a dog at the center in Vibo Valentia, in the Italian region of Calabria.
Salvini said that Islam sees women as inferior and is a law instead of a religion. As a law it is incompatible with Italian values, he said. Asked about mosques, Salvini said he could shut down illegal mosques.
Islam is incompatible with Italy’s values and freedoms, the leader of the hard-Right League party warned on Thursday, as he stepped up aggressive campaigning ahead of the country’s impending election.
Matteo Salvini, who holds an unlikely ambition to become prime minister after elections next month, said Italy should not go down the same path as the UK where, he claimed, Islamist courts have superseded the secular, common law justice system.
“I don’t want to end up like Great Britain, which has Islamic courts instead of British courts,” he said.
He appeared to be referring to sharia councils, tribunals that seek to apply Islamic laws to everything from financial disputes to marital conflicts.
‘Immigration has become an urgent question, because after years with a leftwing government, there are 600,000 migrants who don’t have the right to stay,’ he said.
A number of people have been wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Italian city of Macerata, according to local reports.
At least seven people have been reported injured following a shooting on Via dei Velini and Via Spalato, reported La Repubblica.
There are suggestions in the Italian press that the shootings were racially motivated, with at least four of the victims said to be African migrants.
Corriere is reporting that one police line of inquiry is that it could be a revenge attack for the death of Pamela Mastropietro, savagely murdered by a Nigerian migrant.
Macerata Mayor Romano Carancini said schools and offices have been closed following the incident, with at least one armed assailant still at large.
Update – The gunman was named by the Italian press as Luca Traini, 28. A local man, he reportedly ran last year as a candidate in municipal elections for the anti-immigrant Northern League, which has since changed its name to the League to broaden its appeal.
The shooter eventually got out of his car and ran towards the town’s war memorial, reportedly shouting ‘Viva l’Italia’ or long live Italy.
Interpol believes the 50 suspects, all Tunisian nationals, may be attempting to reach other European countries
Interpol has circulated a list of 50 suspected Islamic State fighters who it believes have recently landed in Italy by boat, and may be attempting to reach other European countries.
The list, obtained by the Guardian, was drafted by the general secretariat of the international police organisation. It was sent on 29 November to the Italian interior ministry, which subsequently distributed it to national anti-terrorism agencies across Europe.
The suspects listed are all Tunisian nationals, some of whom were identified by officials when they landed in Italy. The document shows their first names, surnames and dates of births.
We are truly living in surreal times.
A Right-wing politician who hopes to be the next prime minister of Italy has pledged to expel half a million migrants if his party wins the coming election.
Matteo Salvini, the head of the Eurosceptic Northern League, said he aimed to repatriate 100,000 migrants in his first year in power, followed by another 400,000 during the rest of his five-year term in office.
“There are half a million irregular migrants in Italy. All of them need to be sent home,” Mr Salvini told La Repubblica newspaper.
Norway’s justice minister said Saturday that an Iraqi-born cleric suspected of enticing recruits to fight in Iraq and Syria will be extradited if a court in Italy convicts him.
The Muslim cleric, Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, is scheduled to go on trial in Italy Wednesday without him being physically present in court, Norwegian daily newspaper Nettavisen reported. Ahmad is known as Mullah Krekar in Norway, where he has lived since 1991.
According to the European Post, the word “Jesus” was replaced by the word “Peru” in a Christmas carol at an Italian primary school.
Romans are up in arms over the city’s Christmas tree that has been dubbed “Spelacchio”, which roughly translated means mangy or baldy.
The tree, which died and lost its needles two weeks after being erected in the capital’s Piazza Venezia, has become a symbol of what many see as the eternal city’s eternal decay.
“It’s a disgrace. It hurts even to look at this Christmas tree,” one Roman resident said, using an Italian term suggesting it looked like a plucked chicken.
An Italian newspaper editor has been acquitted of wrongdoing over a headline printed after the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, which labelled the killers ‘Islamic bastards’.
Maurizio Belpietro published the headline on the front page of centre-right Italian daily Libero the morning after the attacks in which 130 people were killed, including one Italian.
A court in Milan, where the publication is based, has now acquitted the editor of insulting a religious belief, aggravated by racial hatred, under article 403 of the Italian criminal code. If found guilty, Belpietro could have faced a fine of thousands of euros.
At least 31 migrants died and 200 were rescued after they were set on by sharks during a perilous crossing from Africa to Italy, Libya’s navy has said.