With thousands of new arrivals every month, more Italians are starting to rebel, and they are driving their leaders to pursue once-unthinkable solutions to halt the flow.
“Here, they don’t like blacks,” said Kone Yacouba, 24, who arrived in Pistoia last October after a trek from his native Ivory Coast. “They said it was a country with rule of law, but they won’t even take you at a clinic. And if you get onto a bus, everyone looks at you strangely.” Gee I wonder why? Could it be that Italy was NOT a negroid nation? Millions of negroid invaders with low IQ and violent genetics pour in and rape and steal and wonder why Italians are not welcoming?
Beautiful Piazza’s thousands of years old now are filled with black feces and piss as squatters make it their home. There is no housing for the tens of thousands who turn up each month.
Former center-left prime minister Matteo Renzi, who once ran on a platform of “We must embrace our loving Negros from Africa” now facing re-election and millions of pissed off Italians has changed his tune. But it’s just rhetoric, more lies from a globalist who has no intention of changing Italy’s policies. He hopes to recapture office in elections due no later than spring 2018, embraced the shift when he endorsed an approach to migration once held mainly by Italy’s far right. He caused a stir when he proclaimed last month that Italy should help potential migrants in their home nations, echoing language used by advocates of extreme anti-migrant policies.
Renzi’s move came after June’s local elections, which were a hammer blow to his allies across Italy. Anti-migrant politicians surged, while Renzi’s left-wing partners lost power in areas that had voted for them for generations, including Pistoia.
Migration “is an issue that will last 20 years,” Renzi told an Italian radio station this month.
Inside the grand brick palazzo that has been home to Pistoia’s city government since the 14th century, the new mayor, Alessandro Tomassi, is quickly toughening the approach to migration. He cracked down on loitering in the Piazza della Resistenza, a sun-beaten park where some of the city’s 188 official asylum seekers, many of them forbidden to take up work, pass the time. And he put the construction of the reception center on hold, saying that it did not have the proper permits.
Italy’s center-left leaders “are paying for their top-down, elitist approach to migration,” said Tomassi, 38, who before the election was a local councilor who worked at his family’s bakery.
The migrant-friendly leaders “are detached from reality,” Tomassi said. “They don’t know what the people actually think.”
Unlike the major 2015 spike in people traveling from Turkey into Greece, where most were Syrians and Iraqis, most of Italy’s arrivals come from sub-Saharan Africa, and not all of them are fleeing war. This year, top origin nations include Nigeria, Guinea and Ivory Coast, along with Bangladesh.
As of Friday, 96,930 migrants had arrived in Italy this year, down 3.9 percent compared with the same period last year. Far fewer have moved elsewhere in Europe, a result of Italy’s bureaucratic failures to process applications and send them onward, combined with a deep reluctance by other nations to share the burden.
In Pistoia, northwest of Florence, the local political campaign was upended shortly before the June elections by a rebellion against a planned migrant reception center in Nespolo, the tiny neighborhood where Pani grew up. Many residents immediately turned against it — and they and many others credit the new mayor’s upset win to their anger.
The proposed building, a long-vacant clinic with barred windows, is a poor place to turn into a home for 24 asylum seekers, they say. And the residential area, nearly completely devoid of businesses and poorly connected to the center of town, offers little for migrants to pass the time.
“We have a lot of young people who are going to the United States or somewhere else because there’s no work,” said Sergio Sebastiani, 40, a member of a local group campaigning against the reception center. “And here you have people who have no education, no qualifications. What are they going to do here?”
One of the city’s former leaders blames her loss on migration.
“In a global age, mixing is a natural perspective for our countries,” said Daniela Belliti, the former deputy mayor who was voted out in June. She was giving voice to a perspective once typical of the city’s leftist political scene. Pistoia lived through an earlier migration wave in the 1990s, when tens of thousands of Albanians fled the ashes of communism and sailed across the Adriatic to Italy. Many settled here.
“Pistoia is a city that is hospitable to the left wing,” Belliti said. “But there are many concerns about the lack of jobs, the lack of future for youth. There is widespread uncertainty that serves as fertile soil for people trying to find scapegoats.”
The town’s tensions are on easy display to its migrants.