Matteo Salvini Acquitted

Former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has been acquitted of “kidnapping” for closing Italian ports to a migrant-ferry vessel during his time as interior minister. Strictly speaking, Mr. Salvini was not acquitted, since the case never went to trial: Judge Nunzio Sarpietro in the Sicilian city of Catania has thrown the case out.

In the following video Mr. Salvini speaks to the press after the resolution of his case. To my mind, the euphoric atmosphere of the occasion is marred by the fact that everyone present is wearing those infernal COVID masks.

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

See this Yahoo News story for more on the case.

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Matteo Salvini Speaks to the Jewish Community of Rome

On the day after Hamas began launching missiles into Israel from Gaza, former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, the leader of the Lega, spoke to members of the Jewish Community of Rome. The following video shows excerpts from his remarks.

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Lampedusa is Full Up

I’ve been covering the immigration crisis in the Mediterranean, with a special emphasis on the landings at the island of Lampedusa, since 2007. The rate of flow has fluctuated, but the numbers have trended gradually and steadily upwards. There was a big spike during the Arab Spring in 2011, when the late Muammar Qaddafi made good on his threat to unleash the African hordes on Europe (after which Hillary Clinton and the CIA arranged for his demise). The Great Migration Crisis of 2015 caused an even higher surge.

A symbiosis between organized-crime human traffickers and migrant-“rescue” NGOs brought the flood of “refugees” to its current catastrophic level. The business is fabulously lucrative for everyone involved, so as long as the EU continues its open-borders policies, the migrants will keep on coming. What used to be a month’s worth of arrivals in Lampedusa fifteen years ago is now the traffic of a single weekend.

The two articles below provide details on the latest landings of African migrants on Italian territory. First, from Corriere della Sera, translated by Gary Fouse:

Migrants: At Lampedusa, 1,200 landings in a few hours. Salvini: “Immediate meeting with Draghi”

Nine consecutive arrivals with “sea carts”: Hotspot immediately full and the emergency returns to the island. The mayor is bitter. “Don’t call it an emergency, it was all foreseen.” Meloni: “This requires a naval blockade.”

by Salvo Toscano

The emergency returns to Lampedusa with 1,200 refugees arriving within a few hours, thanks also to the good weather. And the political polemic is also returning, with the secretary of the Lega, Matteo Salvini, who calls for the intervention of Premier Draghi. “A meeting with President Draghi is necessary,” he says, “with millions of Italians in difficulty, we cannot think about thousands of illegals (already 12,000 landed since the beginning of the year).” The leader of Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia), Giorgia Meloni, speaks instead of a naval blockade. “We don’t want to get used to this type of news. Illegal immigration will be stopped. The smugglers must be stopped as well as the immigration NGOs who take advantage of the tragedies.” “Europe, take action,” added Alessandro Battilocchio, a deputy for Forza Italia [Silvio Berlusconi’s party] and in charge of the Department of Immigration of the blue movement.

The Day

Look at what has happened. In the course of a few hours, more than one thousand migrants have arrived on the island of Pelagie in 9 different waves. The last two between noon and one pm. First, a patrol boat of the Captain of the Port brought 97 migrants to the commercial pier, of various ethnicities, all men, intercepted two nautical miles from Lampedusa on a wooden boat, 10 meters long, with an outboard motor. Less than one hour later, a patrol boat of the Guardia di Finanza escorted 38 Tunisian migrants to Favaloro pier, including two women and a child, who were found on a wooden boat of about 8 meters. In the fifth of seven disembarkations brought to Favaloro pier, 398 migrants of various nationalities, among them 24 women and 6 children, who were found on a broken-down fishing boat.

The Reactions

“Alarming situations,” says Nicola Molteni, Undersecretary of Interior, at Agrigento today for the beatification of Rosario Livatino, who asks for “a European response, totally absent today.” All the migrants have been taken to the hotspot of the island, which was empty and has rapidly been refilled to the limit. “I heard from the Ministry of Interior, and they told me that the quarantine ships have left,” the mayor of Lampedusa, Toto Martello, says to Corriere. “Just one thing: Let’s not talk about this thing as if it were an emergency; it is not, it was all foreseen and predictable.”

The second article is from PolitikStube, and was translated by Hellequin GB:

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A Medley of Cultural Enrichment, Text Edition

As a follow-up to last night’s posted videos, here are all the cultural enrichment articles that have accumulated in my to-do folder over the last few days.

First, from PolitikStube, an op-ed by Alice Weidel of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany). Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation:

Scandal judgment: Court invites all poverty migrants to Germany!

Alice Weidel: The Lower Saxony State Social Court has for all intents and purposes abolished the laws against the entry of migrants who are already registered in another EU member state. In a judgment it stated that those “refugees” who live in precarious conditions in an EU country may receive full social benefits in Germany. So for those who, in their opinion, receive too few social benefits in Italy, Spain or Greece, the court has opened wide the door to Germany.

The court also found that Germany’s interests in migration policy had to take a back seat. In other words, it has denied our state the right to control migration according to established criteria.

This verdict is a domino-effect scandal. Germany, whose social benefits acted like a magnet before, is now becoming a chosen migration destination even more often. In addition, there is family reunification, the conditions of which have now been eroded to such an extent that proof of kinship no longer has to be provided.

The legislature must finally act. Germany can no longer be seen as a richly-laid table for all those wishing to enter the country. Our resources are finite. Future generations will have to foot the bill for judgments like the one from Lower Saxony. The federal government must finally react and limit migration!

The second article is from Sweden. It reports on gang violence against a court trial by “youths” in a suburb north of Stockholm. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Samhällsnytt:

Attunda district court attacked by masked gang members — Ongoing murder trial interrupted

May 6, 2021

A police-guarded murder trial in Attunda District Court north of Stockholm was exposed to a violent attack Thursday. Some twenty masked persons, armed with bomb-like pyrotechnics, attacked police.

At about 9 in the morning, a gang of upwards of twenty masked young men, linked to the criminal gang groups, X-Team, Bandidos, and Bredängs Network, attacked the court building in Attunda with powerful bomb-like pyrotechnic pieces, so-called bangers. These were also thrown at police who were brought in to guard the trial and at the reinforcements who arrived at the scene after the attack began.

About ten of those involved were taken into custody by police. It is not clear if they were subsequently held in detention or released on the spot. Only after lunchtime did the police gain control of the situation.

The gang-related trial, where four men are accused of planning murder at a children’s party, was earlier transferred from Södertörn District Court due to similar violent incidents with some eighty people involved.

The Attunda District Court specifically has a security room. However, even in the new courtrooms, proceedings cannot be conducted in legal order.

The main proceeding consists of several trial days, of which this was one.

The third article, from Germany, was translated by Hellequin GB:

Wicked! Family of asylum seekers required to leave the country — Muslim mother invented rape of her daughter (4) in daycare

Many rejected asylum seekers are not lacking in a wealth of ideas to prevent deportation or simply to ignore a voluntary departure. The trickery ranges from rioting, threats including biting and spitting attacks, inventions of illnesses (especially psychological ones) to threatening to leap from the roof. Lying, deceiving, playing for time and hoping it will pass and you can stay as intended.

An absolutely despicable case occurred in Koblenz last year. A family unsuccessfully applied for asylum and is obliged to leave the country. The last lifeline for staying in German paradise is a pitiful lie dished out by the Muslim mother that her daughter (4) was raped in the Kita [daycare].

The claim is fictitious, the victim is the only educator at the daycare center, his story of suffering ranges from criminal charges to death threats and illness to occupational disability. A life or professional life destroyed because of a perverse deception, that of alleged protection-seekers who are not even allowed to be here and who abuse the right of asylum to immigrate.

The family of asylum seekers seems to have disappeared in the meantime. They have nothing to fear, as no investigations have been initiated. Surely it can’t be that the Muslim mother will get away with it?

From Austria, a report on culture-enriching violence against women, translated by Gary Fouse:

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Matteo Salvini: “Tried for Defending My Own Country”

Former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is on trial again, this time in Palermo. His crime? Denying migrant-rescue NGOs the right to land in Italian ports, which is being described as “kidnapping”. Mr. Salvini faced the same charge a few months ago in a court in Catania, but was acquitted. Presumably the Italian legal system will keep dragging him from venue to venue until they get the verdict they want.

In the following video, Matteo Salvini talks to reporters in Palermo about his case. Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Migrant-Rescue NGOs Being Prosecuted in Italy for Human Trafficking

As reported in recent news feed items, various NGOs are being prosecuted in Italy for people smuggling as a result of their work in the Mediterranean “rescuing” migrants. Prominent among these groups are several based in Germany.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from PolitikStube. The translator notes that the same legal system is prosecuting former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for “kidnapping” because he refused to give landing rights to the migrant “rescue” vessels when he was in government:

“Allegation of human smuggling”! Italy: Public prosecutor’s office charges German “sea rescuers”

The migrant ferry Iuventa from “Jugend rettet” was confiscated by the Italian authorities in August 2017 and has since been moored in the port of Trapani. The seizure marked the beginning of the investigation; the allegations concerned suspicious modalities of the rescue operations. After the investigation, the public prosecutor’s office in the Sicilian port city of Trapani brought charges of smuggling and aiding and abetting illegal immigration against 21 “sea rescuers” from the NGOs “Jugend rettet”, “Save the Children” and “Doctors Without Borders”. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison. Ten of the accused are crew members from Iuventa, and are Germans.

As reported by ilgiornale.it , the Iuventa was one of the first ships to set sail for the central Mediterranean in 2016, and immigration reached worrying proportions during that time. In the summer of 2016, more than 20,000 migrants landed every month. Many of them had just been brought to Italy by NGOs. Rescue operations, which, according to Trapani investigators, were sometimes discussed directly with the traffickers.

The Vos Hestia and Vos Prudence, deployed by Save The Children and Doctors Without Borders respectively, would have participated in some of the suspected operations. That is the case of the operation on May 4, 2017: “After we learned of the departure of several boats in the afternoon — so states a document from the public prosecutor, which is reported in the Repubblica — the ship is heading for a certain section of the sea, without giving any notice to the relevant authorities.” Then, at 6:45 am the next day, 548 migrants boarded the Vos Hestia.

Then there is another mission, that of May 22nd, during which the lights on the ship’s deck remained on, a circumstance that is prohibited under the 2015 Self-Regulation Code. On this occasion, 120 migrants came on board. Instead, on June 26, 1,066 people were loaded on board in six hours. Among them, the judges said, the smugglers were found to be present. Those who stepped onto the deck of the ship were also forced to wear Save The Children life jackets, with the old jackets being returned to the traffickers.

On June 18 2017, the return of three small boats tied to the tugs with a rope by the Iuventa activists would have been documented in some of the photographs available to the public prosecutor. There were 264 migrants on board on this occasion.

In addition to interception measures and expert reports on the instruments on board the ships concerned, the investigations also made use of the activities of an undercover investigator on board the Vos Hestia.

Lockdown for Thee, But Not for Me!

As reported here previously, former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is on trial for “kidnapping” due to his actions as interior minister in closing Italian ports to migrant ferries run by NGOs. The judge in the case is a fellow named Nunzio Sarpietro.

As it happens, Judge Sarpietro was recently discovered dining in a restaurant in Rome, in an “orange zone” where no restaurants are allowed to be open because of the Wuhan Coronavirus. Like California Governor Gavin Newsom, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and many other grandees, the esteemed judge is not bound by lockdown rules — when he wants to dine out with his daughter, he dines out with his daughter. Let the peons stay at home and eat gruel!

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Political Crisis in Italy

The Italian party Italia Viva led by Matteo Renzi, formerly of the Partito Democratico, has pulled out of the governing coalition led by Giuseppe Conte, effectively bringing down the government. Mr. Conte will face a confidence vote in the Italian senate on Tuesday.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from PolitikStube:

Government crisis in Italy — coalition burst

And it went BOOM — the coalition in Italy broke, after all, it lasted longer than expected. The reasons for the end seem somehow familiar: Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ruled alone during the pandemic, did not involve parliament and did not respect democracy.

Could NOW be the hour for the Lega Nord and Matteo Salvini, by far the most popular politician in Italy? After all, the right-wing parties — Fratelli d’Italia, the Lega and Forza Italia — together make up 50% in the current polls.

From Krone.at:

The coalition government in Italy has collapsed: two ministers from the ranks of the splinter party “Italia Viva” led by ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned on Wednesday. Agriculture Minister Teresa Bellanova and Family Minister Elena Bonetti are leaving the cabinet of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Renzi announced at a press conference on Wednesday in the Chamber of Deputies. State Secretary Ivan Scalfarotto, who is also a member of “Italia Viva”, submitted his resignation.

Renzi explained that the resignation of the ministers resulted from disagreements with the prime minister over the multi-billion dollar recovery plan that the government passed on Wednesday night. “Democracy has certain forms that have to be respected, which has not happened in the last year,” said Renzi. He accused Conte of running the country on his own during the pandemic, without considering parliament and without consulting with his coalition partners.

See also this Reuters article (hat tip Reader from Chicago):

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Matteo Salvini on Trial in Catania

Former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is on trial in the Sicilian city of Catania, in a bunker that is normally used as a courtroom for Mafia trials. Mr. Salvini is charged with “kidnapping” for his actions as interior minister, when he closed Italian ports to migrant ferries run by NGOs.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Do They Really Mean It?

Last night’s post about French President Emmanuel “Toy Boy” Macron started a conversation in the comments about whether or not Mr. Macron sincerely wants to stop (or slow) the encroachment of Islam in France. The translated article concerned the French President’s requirement that the French Council of Muslim Worship come up with a plan for regulating the training of imams in France and removing foreign influences from the process.

The consensus seems to be that Mr. Macron is trying to poach some support from Marine Le Pen of National Rally, who would probably win the next presidential election if it were held today. With every incident of deadly violence that escapes the banlieues and impacts the lives of ordinary native French people, the more voters turn to Ms. Le Pen.

Emmanuel Macron may have a vestigial sense of French identity and culture, but he is clearly an opportunist. In his lofty position as head of state, he can hardly be unaware of the dire peril that Islamization poses to the French state. In my opinion — which is not based on statistics, since the French government has for many years prohibited the collecting of statistics on ethnicity and religion in France — the country has already passed the point of no return. France will become an Islamic republic within a generation at most.

If Mr. Macron and his handlers are aware of these facts — and one must assume they are — then they are simply maneuvering to give themselves the best possible positions of advantage during the rapidly dwindling time in which non-Muslims retain control of the French government. And, as someone pointed out in the comments, the president may well be keeping an eye on the military, which has its own agenda concerning Islamic violence.

I’ve been watching the careers of Emmanuel Macron, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and British Prime Minister Boris “BoJo” Johnson since long before they achieved daily prominence in the news headlines. Despite their widely differing personalities and styles, they seemed to be cut from the same political cloth: ambitious, unprincipled, unscrupulous men who would do whatever it took to achieve and maintain their positions of power.

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From the Heart of Darkness to the Tuscan Hills

Last Wednesday former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was attacked in Pontassieve, near Florence in Tuscany, while campaigning for the regional elections. His assailant was a Congolese woman whose attack, according to one of the articles below, was not premeditated. However, other sources identify the woman as an “activist”, which would make it less likely that the assault was spontaneous.

The video below is a composite of several clips, and shows the attack itself as well as Mr. Salvini’s remarks afterwards. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Below are excerpts from two articles about the assault on Matteo Salvini. First, from ANSA:

Black Woman Rips Salvini’s Shirt and Rosary Off

At election rally near Florence

(ANSA) – PONTASSIEVE, SEP 9 – A 20-year-old woman from Congo on Wednesday pushed and shoved rightwing League leader Matteo Salvini, ripping his shirt and breaking off the rosary around his neck, as he arrived for an election rally at Pontassieve near Florence.

The young woman was in “a clear state of psycho-physical excitation”, police said.

They said her actions did not appear to have been premeditated.

They said she found herself alongside Salvini as she was returning from work.

Separately, a group of young leftists and anarchists protested Salvini’s visit.

The woman was part of a crowd that had gathered for the League leader’s arrival.

The League is a populist and nationalist anti-migrant and Euroskeptic party.

Salvini said his assailant “should be ashamed of herself”.

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“The nice thing I take away from Pontassieve,” Salvini went on, “is not that poor woman, but a lady who told me ‘Matteo, I don’t think like you, but I apologise on behalf of that idiot, if you want I’ll buy you a coffee’.”

And from RMX News:

Video: Migrant Woman Attacks Matteo Salvini at Campaign Event, Tears Off His Rosary

Matteo Salvini, leader of the Italian opposition League party, was assaulted by an Congolese woman at a campaign event in Tuscany on Wednesday, with the woman tearing his shirt and breaking his rosary.

Salvini was in the area campaigning for his party due to regional elections that will be held on Sept. 20-21.

Italian parties, without exception, condemned what happened, however, the police are being criticized for their handling of the situation.

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Matteo Salvini: “I will declare myself guilty of defending Italy and the Italian people”

Like Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has been subjected to prosecutions for political reasons. The latest judicial proceeding against him is a charge of “kidnapping” for his actions as interior minister in forbidding the landing of migrant-ferry vessels at Italian ports.

Mr. Salvini is also campaigning for the Lega in the regional elections in Apulia, which will be held later this month. In the following video he is speaking to a crowd of supporters in Manduria.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Matteo Salvini in the Dock, Again

Former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is facing yet another political trial.

Mr. Salvini is the most popular politician in Italy. He has been a staunch opponent of mass immigration, thereby earning the enmity of the Italian franchise of the Deep State. A couple of days ago the Italian senate voted to strip him of his parliamentary immunity so that he can be tried for his actions as Interior Minister, when he impounded an illegal migrant-ferry vessel, which his enemies have construed as “kidnapping”.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating the two videos below, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

The first video was recorded before the senate lifted Mr. Salvini’s immunity, during his visit to the island of Lampedusa, which is currently overwhelmed by the flood of migrants arriving in its port:

The second video contains excerpts from Mr. Salvini’s remarks on the floor of the senate after the vote to remove his immunity:

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A Gatophage in Campiglia Marittima

Campiglia Marittima is a village in the Italian province of Livorno. Last Tuesday a young culture-enricher from the Ivory Coast killed and cooked a cat over a makeshift fire near the station in Campiglia Marittima, outraging several passers-by, who used their phones to take videos of the incident. The police briefly detained the puir wee bairn, but released him without charge, since apparently there was no violation of any law.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

The following article about the incident (also translated by FouseSquawk) was posted at neXtQuotidiano:

Man who cooked a cat at Campiglia Marittima

Since this morning, a video has been circulating, posted by a Facebook user, in which a man can be seen who is cooking or burning a cat at Campiglia Marittima. According to the press agency ANSA the man killed the cat and started to cook it lighting a fire on the sidewalk near the city station (Livorno/Leghorn). And from what has been reconstructed by the Carabinieri, who intervened this morning after more notifications, and who have identified the perpetrator as a 21-year-old foreigner who will be reported for killing an animal. The young man was then accompanied to the Carabinieri station pending clarification of his status in Italy. At the moment, he does not appear to be listed as legal. The Carabinieri intervened this morning shortly after 7 in response to numerous calls from citizens.

According to what the mayor of Campiglia Marittima, Alberta Ticciati, wrote, the man has been identified but not arrested. Repubblica Firenze (Florence) writes that the young African man is 23 years of age and comes from the Ivory Coast, and confirms that there has been no arrest because the laws do not apply.

He was a resident at a reception center in the area of Livorno from which he left (or was kicked out — an aspect to be clarified) and now is listed as without fixed abode. The young man has made an application for refugee status, but the request was rejected, and he presented an appeal: the proceeding is now at the Tribunal of Florence. There has been no arrest, as Ceccardi writes (no violation is specified in article 544 bis of the penal code, explain the investigators), but there is a report with release.

Article 544 bis of the penal code specifies that anyone who, out of cruelty or without necessity, causes the death of an animal may be punished by a period of incarceration from four months to two years. The episode has been posted on the Facebook pages of Susanna Ceccardi and Matteo Salvini complete with video.

“A chilling episode in its brutality, but unfortunately all true,” also writes Susanna Ceccardi. “I congratulate the Carabinieri who took the torturer into custody; now we ask for punishment as an example, because in our civilization the domestic animals are left alone and deserve maximum humaneness and respect for all the unconditional love they offer without asking for anything in return,” concludes the candidate for the Lega in the next regional elections in Tuscany.

The story has also been propagated by Matteo Salvini, who increased the dose: “An upsetting scene, cruel and monstrous this morning in Tuscany, near Livorno. They tell me that the delinquent will be arrested, I hope that will be confirmed. It merits jail, and, if he immigrated illegally, expulsion; we don’t want to see him walking around again!”

Both speak of an arrest which in reality has not occurred.

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