Is there a Godwin for Musolinni?
February 3, 2009 10:00 AM Subscribe
posted by Hactar (48 comments total)
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I don't know if this is more troubling than any of the other anti-immigrant movements that have been cropping up in Europe, or whether it's just that Italy has Silvio Berlusconi (previously on MeFi
), but with the fingerprinting of Roma, including their children
, the destruction of Roma camps
and the blase attitude towards two Roma girls found dead
on an Italian beach, one wonders whether comparisons to the 1930's may become justified. Now, in an act that, while not violent, is perhaps even more indicative of the country's views on race the city of Lucca
and the region of Lombardy have banned the opening of new "foreign" restaurants,
as, one newspaper put it "a new Lombard Crusade against the Saracens."
Included in the ban: kebabs, sushi, Chinese food. Not Included in the ban: French food. Questionable: Sicilian food
, as it has "Arab influences."
Beyond this, Italy has passed a law allowing for the summary expulsion of dangerous EU citizens
. Using this law, the Italian police have been expelling large numbers of Romanian immigrants
So, is this simply the xenophobia that has been spreading across Europe, or is this something more worrisome for the country of Italy? Or is the xenophobia seen in many countries lately worrying enough on its own?