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Salvini pelted with eggs on visit to southern Italian virus hotspot

An angry crowd greeted Italy's far-right leader Matteo Salvini when he visited a coronavirus-hit town in the Naples region on Monday, with some heckling and pelting him with eggs and water.

Salvini pelted with eggs on visit to southern Italian virus hotspot
Police hold back protestors as Matteo Salvini speaks outside quarantined apartment blocks in Mondragone. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
The confrontation took place when Salvini visited a neighbourhood of Mondragone, the scene of tensions last week between some residents and foreign workers following an outbreak of the coronavirus in the area.
 
 
When Salvini arrived an hour later than scheduled there was a hostile crowd waiting for him, many of them shouting insults.
 
Salvini, wearing a face mask in the colours of the Italian flag, quickly lowered it to begin his speech, but could scarcely be heard over the heckling.
 
“Salvini is worse than the Covid,” some shouted, with others calling him a “jackal” or a “clown” and telling him to leave.
 
Salvini, as he tried to continue his speech from behind a police line, was forced to dodge eggs and water thrown from the crowd, which was held back by riot police.
 
 
Matteo Salvini in Mondragone on Monday. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
 
Some 700 residents of five apartment blocks on a council estate, mostly home to Bulgarian workers, were placed under quarantine after a cluster of cases was detected there last week.
 
After protests by residents, many of whom said the lockdown left them without money for food, violence broke out between the protestors and Italians liviing nearby who threw stones at the migrants, who they blamed for the outbreak.
 
Television footage also showed several vehicles belonging to Bulgarians damaged, their windscreens smashed and the Bulgarian-registered plates taken as trophies.

 
Last Friday, riot police and soldiers were sent to the town to restore order.
 
Italy's far-right aimed to capitalise on the drama. As Matteo Salvini organised a visit, his League party issued a press statement calling the town a “social bomb”. Giorgia Meloni, head of Brothers of Italy, lashing out at the government for failing to “control the migrants”.
 
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Salvini served as interior minister and deputy prime minister in the last coalition government, pursuing hardline policies that were hostile to immigrants.
 
His party – formally known as the Northern League, and previously also hostile to southern Italians, as well as non-Italians – has in recent years begun to attract voters in the south after its rebrand.
 
However, his visits to Naples and other parts of southern Italy regularly spark protests.
 
With the collapse of that administration last year after his failed bid to take power, and the coronavirus crisis this year, his profile – and his standing in the opinion polls – has fallen.
In brief comments to television crews at the scene, he denounced what he claimed were agitators who had come in from outside.
 
“We have to guarantee the rights of Italians, and expel foreigners without papers,” he told AFPTV. “We need to invest more in the Naples region, in resources and in the forces of order,” he added.
 
He left the scene after half an hour, but promised to return.

Member comments

  1. More trouble in Italy caused by migrants, i have just watched a video of another migrant scumbag who had killed and cooked a cat, this is just unbelievable what is going on in Italy?

  2. “Italians living nearby who threw stones at the migrants, who they blamed for the outbreak.

    “Television footage also showed several vehicles belonging to Bulgarians damaged, their windscreens smashed and the Bulgarian-registered plates taken as trophies.”

    but let’s blame migrants for some reason? get out of here.

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ENERGY

Italy’s Draghi criticises Germany over latest energy plan

Outgoing Italian PM Mario Draghi condemned Germany’s €200-billion energy-prices shield, saying EU ‘must act together’.

Italy's Draghi criticises Germany over latest energy plan

Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and his likely successor have criticised Germany’s 200-billion move to shield its citizens from rising energy prices, saying Europe must act together to tackle the energy crisis.

“Faced with the common threats of our times, we cannot divide ourselves according to the amount of room in our national budgets,” Draghi said in a press release on Thursday.

READ ALSO: Electricity bills in Italy to rise by 59 percent, warns power regulator

The statement came after Germany introduced a 200-billion ($194-billion) shield to protect households and businesses from soaring energy prices, 

The measure was Germany’s move in what the country’s Finance Minister Christian Lindner described as an “energy war over prosperity and freedom” with Russia.

“The energy crisis requires a response from Europe to reduce costs for families and businesses, to limit exceptional gains made by producers and importers, […] and to keep Europe united once against in the face of an emergency,” Draghi said, commenting on Germany’s move.

At a meeting of EU energy ministers in Brussels on Friday, Italy’s Roberto Cingolani reiterated Rome’s support for an EU-wide cap on the price of gas – something Draghi has long been calling for.

“Everyone has recognised that there is a priority at the moment, which is to bring down the cost of gas. But there is also a second priority, [that is] to avoid creating a shortage of gas in doing so,” Cingolani said.

READ ALSO: Portofino mayor offers residents €400 to offset energy bills

Draghi will only be in office for a few more weeks, after which he will likely be replaced by Giorgia Meloni, whose far-right Brothers of Italy party triumphed at last Sunday’s elections.

Like Draghi, Meloni has backed the idea of a European price cap thus far. 

Ahead of Friday’s energy meeting in Brussels, the soon-to-be new Italian PM also appeared to criticise Germany as she called for “an immediate European response” to the energy crisis.

“No member state can offer effective and long-term solutions on its own in the absence of a common strategy, not even those that appear less financially vulnerable,” she added.

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