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Salvini insulted at the Befana festival

The leader of the League, who arrived at the party organized by an autonomous police union, was insulted by a couple from Bologna, who accused him of exploiting children: "This is not a party for a politician," the two screamed.

Published: January 8, 2020, 7:18 am

    The party was organized during the Christmas holidays, on the occasion of the Epiphany, at the Antoniano Theater in Bologna. But outside the famous auditorium, another contest took place against the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, who arrived in the Emilia capital on the occasion of the Befana del Poliziotto.

    According to what was reported by Italian daily la Repubblica, in fact, the ex-Interior Minister, made this stop as part of his electoral tour covering all of Emilia-Romagna, where he will vote next January 26.

    He was booed and insulted by some passers-by on his arrival at the entrance of the Antoniano, which hosted the party organized by the autonomous police union Sap. Accused of appropriating a festive occasion for the little ones, other citizens defended the League leader, who responded to the protesters: “Shut up, you idiots. Go to Prodi’s house to ask for money.”

    In particular, the two protesters insisted on attacking the League leader, underlining the fact that this was a moment of celebration entirely dedicated to children: “It is the Befana festival for the little ones, not a politician.” They added: “The children at Antoniano, now, are being exploited.”

    The discussion continued on the street between those who did not want Salvini and his supporters. Already yesterday, on the walls of the Emilian theater, writings had appeared against the union organization.

    The leader of the League, spoke to journalists referring to the Gregoretti ship case against him: “I can’t wait to be tried, the Italians are being tried with me. They will go against history. I would like to look the judges in the eye while they tell me I deserve 15 years in prison.”

    Inside the Antoniano theater, Salvini was in the front row and distributed the candies from the Befana sack to the little ones, taking several photos with the children.

    Meanwhile, in recent days, during the Christmas holidays, there were some attacks against the League’s offices in Ferrara. According to reports, a group of activists allegedly threatened the “racist shit” League supporters.

    And as has been happening in Bologna recently, the slogans “Salvini criminal” appeared on walls.

    Salvini’s lawyers on Friday presented a written deposition to the Senate’s immunity panel defending his conduct when he was interior minister regarding the case of the Gregoretti Coast Guard ship.

    The Catania court of ministers has requested parliament to act against Salvini for allegedly abusing his power by failing to allow some 100 rescued migrants to disembark from the ship for several days during a long standoff in July.

    Salvini said he had acted “in the interests of Italy” and said that the whole government, including Premier Giuseppe Conte’s office, was involved in the decision.

    Last year, the League’s former alliance partners, the 5-Star Movement (M5S), voted to reject a request to proceed against Salvini in a similar case, regarding the Diciotti Coast Guard ship in August 2018.

    But M5S leader and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio noe claims that the Gregoretti case is different because it “was propaganda”. The Senate’s immunity panel will vote on the case on January 20.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      The Italian left has been working hard to prep as many of its more impetuous and unstable types to attack Salvini and his coalition. The screaming by the left will undoubtedly get louder as the month progresses. Not only will there be a major uptick before the Senate vote on Salvini’s immunity on the 20th, but things will probably get more intense before the Emilia-Romagna and Calabria regional votes on the 26th. Meanwhile, some observers are wondering how many more M5S legislators in the Senate and lower house might leave the party.

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