Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 4 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
Italy president warns against extreme nationalism
February 10, 2018
 Print    Send to Friend

Rome: Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella warned on Friday against the “grave risks of extreme nationalism” as the country was gripped by high racial tensions ahead of next month’s elections.

The president was speaking on the eve of “remembrance day” which commemorates gruesome massacres carried out between 1943 and 1945 on Italy’s north-eastern border.

“Remembrance day marks an agonising chapter for our country (...) a tragedy caused by a calculated initiative to purge on an ethnic and nationalist basis,” he said.

“The massacres, violence and suffering endured (...) cannot be forgotten, minimised or suppressed.”

Between 1943 and 1945, Yugoslav troops massacred thousands of Italians, throwing their victims dead or alive into “foibes,” deep stone cavities, typical of the border region with Slovenia and Croatia. This political and ethnic cleansing known as the “Foibe massacres” is commemorated every year on Feb.10.

These events “make us aware of the grave risks of extreme nationalism, ethnic hatred and systematic violence spurred by ideology,” said Mattarella.

As the election race heats up ahead of the March 4 vote, racism and immigration have been placed at the heart of the debate.

Since 2014, more than 630,000 migrants have arrived on Italian shores.

On Saturday a right-wing sympathiser embarked on a racially-motivated shooting spree injuring several Africans in the small, central city of Macerata.

Luca Traini, 28, said he wanted to avenge the murder of an Italian woman allegedly by a Nigerian asylum seeker.

Clashes broke out Thursday in Macerata between the police and supporters of the right-wing group “Forza Nuova” out to show their support for Traini’s actions.

Agence France-Presse

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Italy, France call for EU migrant centres in Africa
Paris: Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday called for the European Union to set up centres to process migrants’ asylum claims in their home countries, a propo..
Pole found guilty of UK model’s kidnap
MILAN: An Italian court on Monday found a Polish man guilty of kidnapping young British model Chloe Ayling in an elaborate plot, which gained worldwide attention. The co..
Italian senate approves new government
ROME: Italy’s new populist government won approval from the Senate Tuesday, passing the first of this week’s two tests of power for the coalition. The alliance between..
Italy’s populist government takes office
ROME: Italy’s new anti-establishment government took power on Friday, ending months of deadlock that saw the eurozone’s third largest economy narrowly avoid snap election..
The mother of all lizards found in Italian Alps
Paris: Scientists said Wednesday they had tracked down the oldest known lizard, a tiny creature that lived about 240 million years ago when Earth had a single continent a..
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright