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Feb. 13, 2018
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Viral video from Italy shows Lega Nord leader Matteo Salvini, the current favorite for prime minister, stating plainly that mass immigration is triggering social conflicts such as the recent shooting of multiple African immigrants carried out by Luca Traini in reaction to the murder of 18-year-old Pamela Mastropietro by a Nigerian immigrant.
"If the Nigerian man under investigation for the murder of Pamela [Mastropietro] gets sentenced to four years of imprisonment, he won't even see jail," Salvini said. "According to any sane person, does this aid peace, serenity and co-existence or does it lead to social conflict? I condemn any type of senseless violence, but I also condemn this government which perhaps actually seeks out this violence."
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Macerata's mayor Romano Carancini tried to blame Traini's attack on outraged citizens who stoked "racial hatred" in the wake of her brutal murder. According to the latest reports, a top criminologist said he believes Mastropietro may have been cannibalized.
Transcript via Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes Blog:
00:49 If the Nigerian man under investigation for the murder of Pamela [Mastropietro]
00:53 gets sentenced to four years of imprisonment, he won’t even see jail.
00:57 According to any sane person, does this aid peace, serenity and co-existence
01:03 or does it lead to social conflict? I condemn any type of senseless violence,
01:09 but I also condemn this government which perhaps actually seeks out this violence.
01:13 Perhaps the Democratic Party is in need of covering its nothingness
01:16 by trying to get a reaction out of Italians. And to approve a “thief-saving” [new
01:20 penitentiary reform] and “jail-emptying” amendment in such a time as this seems to me
01:24 to be truly foolish and irresponsible. —But if you blame [Luca] Traini’s acts
01:29 on this government’s immigration policies…isn’t this condoning…
01:33 Responsibility is always a personal matter. You don’t go out on the streets
01:36 to assault, hit, threaten or shoot people who are passing by, full stop. —You’re saying
01:39 out-of-control immigration leads to social clash? —Yes, I’ve said this for years.
01:43 —Isn’t this just an attempt to exploit fear? —No, it’s an attempt to solve problems
01:47 and throw water on fire. If there were no illegals dealing drugs on our streets,
01:54 we’d have fewer crimes and fewer problems, obviously. I want to solve problems.
01:58 I take notice of the fact that recent governments’ immigration policies have
02:02 multiplied these problems. —So that makes people go out and shoot on the streets?
02:06 I mean, what’s the link, in your opinion? —Maybe I don’t speak Italian very well.
02:10 Watch my lips: it’s not correct, just or humane. It’s criminal to assault, hit, beat up,
02:18 threaten or shoot people passing by on the street, full stop, new paragraph.
02:23 —And what do the government’s policies have to do with it? —Full stop, new paragraph.
02:28 A conviction is on the way. Full stop, new paragraph. Phrase number two:
02:32 Does out-of-control immigration aid social peace or does it lead to social conflict, question
02:38 mark? Phrase number three: other than filling jails, out-of-control immigration risks to
02:45 trigger a violent response (though never justified) because the matter should be controlled.
02:51 I want to govern in order to control immigration. —And to close mosques? Isn’t this why
02:55 you’re here? —And to close mosques…illegal mosques. I want to know who’s financing
03:02 them and who’s behind them, where the money comes from, who preaches and what
03:05 he preaches. Because it’s a matter of fact that a literal interpretation of the Quran…
03:11 (which unfortunately isn’t a text subject to interpretation, as in other religions, anyway)…
03:16 But it’s the word of the prophet. A woman is worth less than a man, Islamic law supersedes
03:22 Italian law and freedom of thought is limited by what the Quran provides for.
03:27 Therefore, I don’t want people settling in my house who believe that a woman
03:31 is worth less than a man. —Art.19 of the Constitution is for freedom of religion for everyone.
03:39 —Yes, I repeat. However, I’ve never had problems with freedom of religion for anyone.
03:44 One can freely be Christian, Jew, Waldensian, Buddhist, Protestant…
03:48 The problem with Islam is that it is a law, not a religion. Because they impose laws in the
03:54 name of a god which I think are incompatible with our values, rights and freedoms.
03:59 —What about this specific mosque, which is in a somewhat disgusting area anyway?
04:04 —Well, if there’s a fundamentalist Islamic regime behind them, financing them…
04:10 Why do I have to have a settlement from an extremist Islamic country in the heart of Umbria?
04:17 Which leads to… —Do you know that for a fact? —There are funds from Qatar.
04:21 It’s no mystery. I don’t have intelligence service data. I told Berlusconi “no” on
04:26 condoning illegal constructions, and I reiterate “no” on initiatives of this kind
04:32 (for which many open investigations are currently going on).
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