Have your heard about “race riots” in the town of Rosarno, Italy? But is this about race riots or the mafia or immigration? Immigrant homes have been bulldozed, and buses loaded with rioters sent on their way somewhere. Residents of the town are staying inside. Cars have been torched, at least one pushed into a wall with a mother and her children inside. Schools and businesses are closed. Here are a few reports to compare and contrast.
This from the UK’s MailOnline with this headline: Miigrant riot in Italy leaves 37 injured after series of beatings by white youths.
Violence broke out in southern Italy
yesterday as hundreds of migrant workers, most of them Africans, went
on a rampage in retaliation to two of their number being shot and three
more beaten with iron bars by white youths.
reporting at least 37 were wounded in the ensuing clashes, including 18
police officers and five migrants, as the violence reached its second
day in the coastal town of Rosarno in Calabria.
riots in the region were sparked off when when two migrants were
wounded by pellet fire two days ago, starting the cycle of violence,
said a top police official, Renato Cortese, in the regional capital.
In a report filed from Rome, ChinaView says an “extraordinary summit was held today in an attempt to dientify Mafia connections in the “outbreak of racial riots” in Rosarno.
An inquiry is under way to identify possible Mafia
responsibilities in the riots and exploitation of immigrant work in
Rosarno. At least one clan-linked man was among those arrested for the
According to the police, the Mafia may have taken
advantage of the riots in order to distort attention from a recent
failed bomb explosion at the prosecutor’s office.
The situation in Rosarno is now under control. More
than 1,000 immigrants, mainly farm laborers from sub-Saharan Africa,
either fled the area or were transferred to migrant centers during the
weekend. Their dwellings have been bulldozed by the authorities.
The government aims to move immigrants out of other high-crime areas near Naples and in Sicily.
The Interior Minister Roberto Maroni
said on Monday that all illegal refugees will be expelled from the
country. In his view Rosarno’s riots were the product of Italy’s far
too lenient immigration policy.
Here is the view of Gates of Vienna:
Race riots have intensified in the town of Rosarno, Italy, where locals
have attacked and even shot some of the illegal African immigrants in
the area. The government blames the events on the excessive “tolerance”
of recent years, but the Italian left sees evidence of Mafia control,
poverty, intolerance, and racism.
So, it is reasonable to assume that when mixing economic strife with a town with many foreign migrants – where there are no jobs for the locals – remember those “white youths,” – no jobs for them, tensions are taunt. But this is Italy, so we have to add the Mafia to the mix.