A month ago, around a hundred North-African immigrants, lodged in a hotel in the small town of San Giovanni Incarico, “in expectation of the status of political refugees”, occupied the town council, demanding that they be given a daily allowance.
The mayor, Antonio Salvati, vainly tried to explain to them that they were not provided with a daily allowance because all their needs were taken care of (lodging, meals, clothes, laundry service, all paid for by the Italian taxpayer). The immigrants didn’t want to hear any of that and built a barricade in front of the town council by throwing together sewage gratings.
Finally, at a meeting in the local government, the mayor gave in and agreed to pay each immigrant 5 euros per day: 150 euros per month. Multiplied by one hundred, this is not a small matter for a district of 3,500 inhabitants, and this when the Monti government never stops demanding additional sacrifices from Italians.
“We took this decision,” said the mayor, “only to agree with their demands and to avoid problems of public order, but it must be clear that this is the last time we will give in. They must learn to have respect for Italian laws.”
These strong words had the effect that could have been expected. The day before yesterday, the immigrants returned to the town hall “to complain, this time,” said the local newspaper delicately, “in a more animated manner”. They wanted “to express their unhappiness about the “provisional character of their lodgings”. It’s true a hotel is provision lodging…
The North Africans armed themselves with paving stones torn up from the road and threatened local government employees. The carabiniere (police) had to intervene.
Twelve “refugees” have been charged with “interruption of a public service”, “threats to a public service employee”, “aggravated damage”. While awaiting trial, they have been freed. In their full-service hotel.
Article by by Cheradenine Zakalwe