Skip to Content

Matteo Salvini. Photo: matteoslavini.it Matteo Salvini. FWM

Salvini increases security after ‘religious hate’ stabbing in Rome

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday that he has demanded that security be increased following a stabbing by a migrant in Rome.

Published: April 24, 2019, 8:46 am

    Rome

    A Moroccan national stabbed a man wearing a crucifix at Rome’s central Termini train station on Saturday evening. The victim, a 44-year-old Georgian national, suffered an injury to his throat.

    Rome prosecutors have accused a 37-year-old Moroccan of attempted murder over the attack, with “religious hate” cited as an “aggravating factor” in the crime.

    Salvini said he had written to Italy’s prefects and police chiefs after the attack, telling them to “increase checks and attention in places of aggregation of Islamic citizens in order to prevent any type of violence against innocent citizens”.

    Salvini, who has closed off Italian ports to humanitarian boats since a his coalition government came to power in mid-2018, says the country’s ports will remain closed even after reports that some 170 migrants are missing at sea.

    Salvini said opening the ports and ignoring laws will only encourage more Africans to leave and result in more deaths at sea. In March, the Italian Interior Ministry reported a 92 percent drop in the number of migrants arriving in Italy by sea.

    In January-March, only 571 migrants arrived in the country, down from almost 6 300 migrants in the same period last year.

    On Monday, an aide of Salvini posted a photo of the Minister holding a machine gun on Facebook, resulting in an outcry from his opponents.

    Luca Morisi posted the photo with the playful caption: “You have noticed how they do everything to throw mud at the League? The Europeans (elections) are approaching….But we are armed and equipped with helmets!”

    His political opponents immediately called for Morisi’s resignation.

    Nicola Fratoianni, left-wing MP from La Sinistra, said the image promoted violence. “He launched a threatening, dangerous message instigating possible future violence.”

    Pina Picierno, a European MEP from the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) said: “There is no war under way against the League, nor the need for it to arm itself with machine guns and helmets. Morisi should arm himself with a brain instead of a helmet.”

    Salvini has already faced similar criticism for wearing police and firefighters’ uniforms. Nicknamed “Il Capitano”, he also posed with a military-grade sniper rifle at a police convention in October.

    [mashshare]

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    France joins the race for a militarized space

    ParisThe militarisation of space is being intensified, as an area of growing strategic importance, given that the main arms systems, beginning with nuclear weapons, depend on spatial systems.

    Ex-General: Merkel has shaken the foundations of Germany

    HannoverA former Federal Armed Forces general Joachim Wundrak has accused Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) of undermining Germany's foundations.

    Italian regional court lifts docking ban on Open Arms

    RomeAn Italian regional administrative court (TAR) of Lazio lifted a ban on NGO migrant rescue ship Open Arms entering Italian waters on Wednesday.

    Ocean Viking takes more Africans on board

    RomeThe ship Ocean Viking cruising off Libya has taken another 105 Africans on board. The new arrivals are, according to information from the AFP news agency, exclusively men. Most of them come from Sudan.

    Europe’s energy under threat

    An ongoing Bulgarian legal circus is threatening Europe’s energy diversity.

    The amazing second life of migrant rafts

    BerlinThe inflatable boats of the migrants are transformed by a Berlin company into bags and tote bags sold on the internet... as fashion.

    Salvini mocks Hollywood actor’s intervention on migrant rescue vessel

    On Friday, August 9, the 69-year-old American Hollywood actor Richard Gere boarded a migrant rescue vessel, demanding that Italy stop "demonizing" migrants.

    Italy’s coalition government in tatters after Salvini calls for early elections

    RomeDeputy Premier and League leader Matteo Salvini on Thursday called for Italy to have early elections, saying that the coalition that supports Premier Giuseppe Conte's government has broken down.

    Salvini’s Security Decree wins final approval

    RomeDeputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's new security decree won final approval this week after clearing the hurdle of a confidence vote in the Italian Senate.

    SOS Méditerranée sends new rescue ship to the Mediterranean

    BerlinThe rescue organisation SOS Méditerranée has set out again for a new mission in the Mediterranean to pick up migrants waiting in Libya to come to the EU.

    Go to archive