Last week residents of the Italian town of Quinto di Treviso, near Treviso, protested angrily about the resettling of immigrants in their neighborhoods and residences. After two days of protests, the town’s mayor ordered the unwanted migrants moved elsewhere.
The following Italian news report gives an account of one of the protests. Many thanks to par0 for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below are four articles about the protests against immigrants in Treviso and Rome. First, from ANSA:
Italy: Stop Coddling Migrants, Northern League Tells Prefects
Salvini lashes out at prefects after anti-immigrant clashes
(ANSA) — Rome, July 17 — The leader of Italy’s Northern League party Matteo Salvini said on Friday that state authorities should stop opposing anti-immigrant feeling in the country after police clashed with people protesting against the arrival of refugees in Rome and protesters near the northern city of Treviso forced local authorities to move migrants.
Police earlier responded with a baton charge after anti-immigrant protestors who had set up a road block threw a barrage of objects at them in the Casale San Nicola suburb.
Rome prefect Franco Gabrielli had sworn to clear the road block and ensure the transfer of refugees went ahead as planned.
Other protests at Quinto near Treviso ended after authorities moved the 101 migrants to a barracks farther away from the city.
“Instead of giving the mayors and citizens that are protesting a hard time, prefects should do their job and stop coddling thousands of illegal immigrants,” Salvini said.
“Host them at the prefect’s office or at your house, if you want,” he added.
The Northern League has stepped up its campaign against migrants in recent months. In June, the governor of the northern region of Lombardy Roberto Maroni told local officials to stop accepting irregular migrants from other parts of Italy.
A migrant crisis has fuelled political divisions in the country, which is struggling to emerge from an economic slump that has thrown many people into unemployment or low-paid work.
Another from ANSA:
Italy: Refugees to be Moved From Treviso-Area Town After Ugly Protests
Mattresses burned on Thursday as local show anger
(ANSA) — Treviso, July 17 — A group of 101 refugees hosted at a residence in the town of Quinto di Treviso, near Treviso, will be moved by the end of Friday, the local mayor, Mauro Dal Zilio, said after two days of protests by a group of locals. On Thursday there were ugly scenes, when mattresses intended to be used by the refugees were burned outside the complex and workers from a cooperative tasked with providing the migrants with food were denied access. Many local residents are angry that the authorities were allowing empty apartments in the complex to be used by the refugees. Veneto Governor Luca Zaia alleged the migrants’ presence was part of a process of “Africanization” of the region.
From The Local:
Italy: Police Hurt in Rome Protest Against Migrants
Chairs and rocks were thrown at policemen as angry residents protested the arrival of 100 refugees in Casale San Nicola, a suburb in the outskirts of northern Rome, on Friday.
The coach carrying the migrants had to be escorted by an armoured police vehicle, but as it approached the protesters reacted violently, hurling rocks, chairs and abuse at the police.
Fourteen policemen were injured in the clashes and two protesters were arrested. The regional prefect, Franco Gabrielli, branded the scenes “a disgrace” and told La Repubblica that he hoped those arrested would be charged.
The violent scenes came just a day after homeowners in Treviso protested against migrants moving into their building.
Finally, from ANSA:
Italy: Anti-Immigrant Protests Break Out in Rome, Treviso
Fourteen cops injured in clashes in the capital
(ANSA) — Rome, July 17 — A bus carrying 19 asylum seekers and escorted by police in riot gear pushed past protesting local residents and extremists from the far-right Casapound political group to arrive at the doors of a migrant reception centre in Rome’s Casale San Nicola district Friday. The refugees were spotted inside the bus, curtains drawn as the bus was pelted water bottles and other objects thrown by anti-immigrant protesters, some of them shouting “You have to get out of here”.
Police at one point baton-charged the protesters after coming under a barrage of objects including sun umbrellas and chairs. Protesters also torched rubbish bins and bales of hay, while others tried to block a street.
Rome Prefect Franco Gabrielli was adamant that the protesters would be cleared. “We won’t take any steps back,” he said. Later in the day he said the violent anti-immigrant demonstrations were “indecent and unseemly”. “I hope law enforcement will cite these people so their records will reflect the things they have stained themselves with,” he said.
The prefect added “I sincerely hope the temperature will go down”. Police said later that 14 of their own were injured in the violent clashes and they arrested two protesters, cited one offender, and identified 15 more. Investigators are still going over video material to identify further suspects, police said in a statement.
Also on Friday, similar protests broke out in northern Italy, where governors from the anti-immigrant, anti-euro Northern League party have been inciting mayors to fight the arrivals of migrants into the region. Among them was Veneto Governor Luca Zaia, who complained about the “Africanization” of his region through the admission refugees into his area. Some 100 migrants whose presence in a hotel in a small town near Treviso sparked two days of protests from local residents and rightwing extremists from the Forza Nuova group — including the burning of mattresses meant for the asylum seekers — were bused to a former barracks located between the municipalities of Treviso and Casier. Their respective mayors, Giovanni Manildo and Miriam Giuriati, met with area residents prior to the transfer and explained that authorities would guarantee security and keep the peace. The area is manned by law enforcement and local police patrols.
Treviso also saw leftists from the ZTL collective go into action in defense of the refugees, occupying parts of the prefecture and calling for the prefect to step down after he bowed to violent pressure from anti-immigrant residents and rightwingers.
Police arrested 38 ZTL members in the course of that protest.
The Northern League has stepped up its anti-immigrant rhetoric in recent months, as a growing migrant crisis fuels political divisions in the country, which is struggling to emerge from an economic slump that has thrown many people into unemployment.
“Instead of giving protesting mayors and citizens a hard time, prefects should do their job and stop coddling thousands of illegal immigrants,” said League chief Matteo Salvini.
Khalid Chaouki, an MP for the ruling centre-left Democratic Party (PD), slammed Salvini in response. “Salvini’s instigation to violence is shameful! Trying to pick up votes on people’s misfortune is disgusting,” he said on Twitter following the protests in Rome and Treviso. Italy has seen a wave of migrants and asylum seekers from the across the Mediterranean as thousands flee war and violence in Africa and Middle East. New figures suggested about 170,000 migrants arrived in Italy by sea in the first half of this year alone.
|0:00||There are 110 people in the building behind me, 110 immigrants.|
|0:08||The residents in revolt entered the building yesterday, and they took some objects|
|0:13||that were inside and they took them out; some objects were also set on a fire.|
|0:17||Fanpage is here to understand the reasons for the protest .|
|0:20||They have p***ed us off — get rid of the camera — don’t photograph me — I don’t give a toss!|
|0:39||They can go to South Africa, they can go to Madagascar, they can go, who knows,|
|0:43||to Algeria, to Morocco. What does Italy have to do with it?|
|0:48||Italians sleep in the streets — we have arrived at this, to have to block the road,|
|0:52||make holes or do something.|
|0:56||Evacuate , evacuate, evacuate|
|Mauro Dal Zilio — Mayor of Quinto di Treviso|
|1:04||This is the order for today for the evacuation of the buildings; the order says that no-one else should enter.|
|1:10||If this should happen, the residents here have my telephone number.|
|1:14||I will side with them so that this does not happen.|
|Federico Cipolla — Journalist of La Tribuna di Treviso|
|1:17||To the protest of the residents has been attached a political protest.|
|1:21||This evening many exponents belonging to the Lega Nord have arrived and some from Forza Nuova.|
|1:27||You have disassociated yourself from us, however — we, our Forza Nuova — it is us four — it is us three|
|1:32||I disassociated myself from those things there — but it wasn’t us — but I have not|
|1:36||dissociated myself from you — excuse me, but you’re always bleating on about this.|
|Davide Visentin — Regional Coordinator Forza Nuova|
|1:44||Last night when all the provisions arrived for the immigrants, we took out everything,|
|1:49||the furniture , the paper, the televisions, the decoders, everything that had arrived,|
|1:54||and the infuriated citizens decided to make a fire of all the televisions and decoders,|
|1:59||and in fact here we can see the remains. They burnt everything.|
|2:05||For those who live here it is seen as an abuse that refugees get their own houses|
|2:09||for free, when locals have a mortgage.|
|2:13||Did you see the immigrants looking out of the windows — yes I see them, I see them —|
|2:19||did you see their faces a bit — what do you want me to see — did they scare you? —|
|2:25||what scared , nothing scares me know that they cannot stay in Italy because there is no work|
|2:32||It is a situation that in Veneto is felt more intensely than in other parts of Italy.|
|2:49||They are slightly inflating, in my opinion, fanning the fear of the black man|
|2:54||and fear of the refugee, when this is coupled to an economic crisis,|
|2:59||an economic difficulty in a place that is not used to an economic crisis, like this,|
|3:04||it is easy to understand why the tension is created.|
|3:13||Shame, this is the home-grown resident of the (ruling Left) PD-Democratic Party — go home,|
|3:20||go home — shame — go away — go and share your booty|
|3:27||with the cooperative. Shame on you!|
|Antonella Tocchetto — Local Councillor in Treviso for the (ruling Left) PD-Democratic Party|
|3:34||I have come to understand if we can do something, certainly not for a political colour,|
|3:38||it is not that which interest me, it is a social problem that should be resolved probably.|
|3:43||We our not prepared for a situation of this type, and this is evidently only the beginning,|
|3:47||and I am sorry, as it is a serious problem.|
|3:53||What one is the car, this one? I am sorry to have created this problem for you,|
|3:57||but it was really not my intention.
Hat tips for the articles: Fjordman and Insubria.