Italians Revolt Against Migrant ‘Invasion’

Nick Squires, Telegraph, April 16, 2015

Italians are in growing revolt against the number of migrants arriving on their shores, with more than 10,000 people rescued from the Mediterranean in the past week alone.

The huge influx of asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa is putting an intolerable strain on a country that has been in recession for the past five years.

Conservative politicians called this week for boatloads of refugees to be sent back to Libya, while the system of migrant reception centres is on the verge of collapse.

The government in Rome has asked regional authorities to provide 6,500 new beds for migrants who are arriving on a daily basis in Sicily and the tiny island of Lampedusa.

But many regions responded grudgingly–some with downright hostility–saying they had no space to offer.

Val d’Aosta, a small, mountainous region on the French border, offered to take just one refugee.

There was also a frosty reception from the wealthy northern region of Lombardy.

“Here, as in Veneto (a neighbouring region that includes Venice) there is zero space,” said Roberto Maroni, the governor of Lombardy and a member of the staunchly anti-immigration Northern League. “We cannot be subjected to this invasion.”

“We are totally opposed to taking any more migrants,” said Luca Zaia, the governor of Veneto and also a member of the Northern League.

Conservative politicians say the policy of rescuing migrants at sea only encourages people trafficking by Libyan gangs.

Giorgia Meloni, the head of Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-Right Forza Italia party, said boats departing from Libya “should be stopped as they leave,” while boats with smugglers on board “should be sunk”.

Nearly 70,000 migrants and asylum seekers are currently being cared for by the Italian authorities and there have been warnings that as many as 500,000 refugees could try to cross to Italy this year.

While there is sympathy for the plight of people fleeing war, persecution and poverty, Italians say they cannot be expected to shoulder the burden without help from Europe.

“The system is close to collapse,” said Claudio Palomba, the prefect of Rimini, on the Adriatic coast, and the president of the national union of prefects. “We’re only in April and I don’t know if the system will be able to cope if the number of arrivals keeps up at this pace.”

Matteo Salvini, the head of the Northern League and a rising star of the Italian Right, has called on his supporters to block moves to accommodate any more migrants.

“I ask the League’s governors, mayors, assessors and councillors to say no, with every means, to every new arrival. The League is ready to occupy every hotel, hostel, school or barracks intended for the alleged refugees,” he wrote on his Facebook account this week.

As boatloads of refugees continue to make the dangerous crossing from Libya, merchant vessels in the Mediterranean complained that they were being called to help with rescues.

Italy terminated its search and rescue operation, Mare Nostrum, in October and it has been replaced by a much smaller operation run by Frontex, the EU’s border control agency, which has to rely on the assistance of merchant ships.

Last year, merchant ships rescued 44,000 migrants, out of total of 170,000 who reached Italy from North Africa.

One Italian tug boat, the Asso 21, which normally supplies oil rigs in the Mediterranean, claims to have assisted in 60 rescues last year and 22 so far this year.

“The situation is becoming unsustainable,” Mario Mattioli, the owner of the tug boat, told La Repubblica on Thursday. “Taking part in rescues is no longer unusual–it has become routine.

“Like other merchant ships we are being called on to help out on a daily basis, but our crews are not trained to deal with these operations. We can’t provide medical care or thermal blankets or emergency food.”

There are also security issues for the crews of merchant ships–this week traffickers fired shots into the air from Kalashnikovs in order to force an Italian vessel and an Icelandic coast guard ship to relinquish a wooden boat which had been used to transport migrants from the Libyan coast.

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  • Raccoon

    Don’t rescue them and let King Neptune deal with them.

  • Tow the boats to those two Spanish ports in Morocco and let them stay there for a few weeks to recover. Then tell them to go home.

    • George Moriarty

      Yes, that would be a more humane solution than letting the Russian navy get involved as per that above video.

  • how about this

    “Italians are in growing revolt against the number of migrants arriving on their shores, with more than 10,000 people rescued from the Mediterranean in the past week alone.”

    “Nearly 70,000 migrants and asylum seekers are currently being cared for by the Italian authorities and there have been warnings that as many as 500,000 refugees could try to cross to Italy this year.”

    “Last year, merchant ships rescued 44,000 migrants, out of total of 170,000 who reached Italy from North Africa.”

    “The system is close to collapse,” said Claudio Palomba, the prefect of Rimini, on the Adriatic coast, and the president of the national union of prefects.

    Oh I am sure it is all in his head. His parents must have taught him to hate.

    • Quido

      The Romans would have known how to deal with the situation.

      • MikeofAges

        In the end, they didn’t know.

        • John Smith

          They became Christian and turned the other cheek.

          • phillyguy

            Good one

          • MikeofAges

            Or just decadent and weary as a civilization. And dependent on the barbarians for virile manpower for the legion and perhaps for other purposes as well. And maybe womanpower too. Girlfriends. Concubines. Mistresses. Wives. And just plain labor too. No one ever talks about that part of it.

          • Stop21

            Or just decadent and weary as a civilization.
            All beautiful flowers lose their petals to time and the wind…

          • Half_truth7s

            Then came Mussolini and everything was organized and immigrants were no longer a problem.

          • Sick of it

            I didn’t realize they let the muslims conquer Europe. Must have missed that.

          • Quido

            Charles Martell and his Christian army stopped the mussys cold.
            If it wasn’t for those brave soldiers we would all be praying five times a day and taking a shower once a year.

        • Veritas

          Rome fell because of a massive influx of Barbarians, a loss of national identity, and large numbers of people on the dole.
          Sound familiar?

          • MikeofAges


      • Bossman

        Yeah, there would be non-stop shows daily at the arena.

    • MikeofAges

      The numbers are unlimited and the migrants often are incapable of assimilation into European society. The situation there is far worse than the situation America faces in the Mexican mass migration. Mexicans come here preassimilated into Western civilization, compatible with America’s Christian heritage and capable over some generations of becoming American. Nor are they so utterly physically incompatible with the existing American population Often, their apparent physical inadequacies are the product of being conceived and raised amid poverty and squalor. With time here, their progeny grow up to be by our standards normal Americans.

      We may be facing the “Browning of America”. What is Europe facing?

      • how about this

        “Mexicans come here preassimilated into Western civilization, compatible with America’s Christian heritage and capable over some generations of becoming American.”

        Mexico is Western compared to Algeria if that is what you mean, but second- and third-generation Hispanics in the US are actually less assimilated into the mainstream than Hispanic immigrants (and of course Hispanics in general often openly prefer their own nations to the US in terms of group identity). To quote Jared Taylor in White Identity, “Native-born Hispanics between the ages of 15 to 26 are 1.5 times more likely than young immigrant Hispanics to be incarcerated, and twice as likely to have carried a weapon or to have been threatened with one. They are twice as likely to have ties to a gang or to have been in a fight. US-born Hispanic high-school dropouts are more than eleven times more likely to be incarcerated than Hispanic dropouts who immigrated to the United States.” (259)

        On some measures Hispanics are even less desirable as neighbors than Blacks. From the same book, “Hispanics are nearly 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs, and blacks are 15 times more likely.” (261) They also drop out of high school and college at even higher rates than Blacks.

        • Bossman

          These “Hispanics” that you’re talking about are really just meso-American Indians with Spanish names. They are not like Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio or Spohia Vergara or Selena Gomez or Miss USA or Miss Universe.

          • how about this

            When someone posts statistics about Hispanics, those are statistics referring overall to the group of people who identify themselves as Hispanics. I realize that some are quite different from others ethnically, with some being 100% White and some at the other end of the spectrum being indigenous tribal people, and the differences in behavior that you might expect from that. Nonetheless the statistics for the overall population are pretty grim.

          • Bossman

            Those that enter the country legally have the same chances as the general population. There are supposed to be 35 million Hispanics in the USA, surely they can’t all be gang members.

          • propagandaoftruth

            So they gonna do what? Replace blacks?

            Will the Hispanics continue supporting African immigration as a thanks to Obama?

          • Charles Martel

            The entire right side of the bell curve fled Cuba leaving all the stupidest & least motivated in Cuba

          • Groovy

            Yeah, well get ready, they’ll be coming soon

          • Irish

            The word “Hispanic” is a rights group hustle to increase their numbers..It quite literally meens nothing..Unless you think that Sammy Sosa & Gisele Bundchen have anything more in common than language..By that measure I’m Jamaican.

          • bv

            Gisele speaks Portuguese not Spanish.

          • Irish

            OK. , Try President Michele Bachelet then of Chile. Or Pope Francis, Daisy Fuentes, Andy Garicia ..I live here in South Florida I see White “Hispanics” every day. If I walk into a store in Miami its oft times I’m spoken to in Spanish, though I’m of Irish ancestry.

          • Groovy

            I read that German was spoken in her household

        • MikeofAges

          The assimilation process I alluded to either gets short-circuited in many instances or just takes a very long time, more than two or three generations people think it should take. The other part of my case is that for this process to work, continued immigration has to be stopped or at least slowed considerably. The idea is a generality intended to highlight the difference between our situation and Europe’s. But given enough critical mass, the assimilation process in America could get premanently derailed. It has been derailed in many places already. Without that Americanization process, we slowly get turned into a two-tier society heavily based on ethnic and color caste. Actually, we are already and the issue is how to reverse the process enough to keep America from being overwhelmed and turned into in Latin American-like society.

          I call this a terminal demographic condition. I argue also that this condition has been reached already in California. The future of California is a white-East Asian-South Asian-gentrified Hispanic overclass and a heavily Hispanic underclass into which all fall who do not make it into the gentry. I call this a terminal condition because there are no anticipatable demographic events which can alter this situation. The last white in-migration which affected the demographics of California was the “hippie” diaspora of the 1960s and 1970s. The Hispanic, East Asian and South Asian in-migrations are the matter of this demographic condition.

          The rise of Silicon Valley dovetailed into the end of the Postwar aerospace and defense boom, but it did not create much of a demographic influence.

        • Tarczan

          Mexico is sending us their native Indian population. The ruling class is of European ancestry and understands race; let the underclass invade the United States.

        • TrueNorthFree

          I totally agree with your assessment re: the browning of America. I would gladly take a brown (Hispanic) America over a Muslim (Sharia) American any day. Hispanics are Christian and they have European heritage.

          • mobilebay

            Do we really have to take either one?

      • Charles Martel

        Hispanics have an avg IQ of 90, African blacks 70

        • Ragnarök

          I wonder what the average IQ is for the indigenous Mexican/Central American? They seem incredibly dim witted even dumber than American Blacks.

          • OH GOD

            On the scale of highest to lowest intelligence capacity in Latin America…

            White European ancestry

            Mestizo (white + Indian)


            Mulatto (white + negro)


            Zambo (indian + negro)

          • Bossman

            How scientific is that? When I was in Brazil, I met some people who told me that the pure-bred Indians were the most stupid even more stupid than pure Blacks.

          • Sick of it

            That’s not true from any measure of them or related peoples. Pure blacks are much lower on the IQ scale. Aborigines are even lower.

          • Charles Martel

            Its hard to tell but there are big differences between hidalgo Hispanics and mestizos

          • Tarczan

            Richard Lynn in his book “Race Differences in Intelligence” lists native Mexicans as having a range of 79 to 92. He goes on to say both North and South American Indians have an IQ of 86.

      • Tim

        Dateline San Antonio Texas…. Gone are the days of Nortenos that look like Charro Queens or Actor Gilbert Roland. I drove by the old school yesterday and there were dozens of Guatamalen Indian types wearing high school letter jackets…

      • Stop21

        Europe is facing the same erosion of Euro culture as America is.
        The invaders are complacency, secularism and the poor of the Third world.
        As the number of illegal immigrants into the USA exponentially increases, no assimilation will be necessary! The whole of the US Southwest will be transformed into Azlan by Reconquista Europe is on a different demographic trajectory, but the result will be the cultural destabilization and racial transformation so desired by the elitist social engineers & power brokers.

        • TrueNorthFree

          “cultural destabilization and racial transformation so desired by the elitist social engineers & power brokers.”

          well put! But let’s name and shame those corporatist power brokers.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Well, maybe more will murder each other as they float across the sunny Med. I know if I were stuck on that boat Big14U posted, I’d want to depopulate the sweet bejebus out of it, then it would be more bearable.

      Not unlike the entire sub-Saharan subgenius subcontinent.

  • Susannah

    As long as the EU allows/encourages this situation, the problem will do nothing but worsen. Eventually it may be beyond the power of Europe to stop the advancing hordes, even if so desired by the elite and EU ( which is possible if their power or lives are threatened).

  • IstvanIN

    If the Italian government feels a need to be kind to the “migrants” then pick them up and return them. There is no need to relocate them in Italy.

    • David Ashton

      Prompt return and death-penalty for traffickers who kill their deluded captives.

    • George Moriarty

      But according to an editorial in the NY Times Europe as a whole has to accept the one to three millions waiting to cross the Mediterranean. (Otherwise more boat tragedies will occur.)
      Why is it Europe’s or anyone else’s responsibility to take in Africa’s population? Take 3 million in now and there will be another 6 million waiting next year or even next month. What about the other billion black Africans that will never make it, they will just have to miss out and live a life of squalor and poverty. The whole system is as flawed as it is unsustainable.
      I know the NY Times gets a lot of flak on this site, I now see why.
      My thoughts, just let Africa look after it’s own destiny.

  • We are under siege. We must fight back.

    • propagandaoftruth

      I tried to post a yt video f the Russian Navy vs. Somali pirates, but alas…

      Too Spartacid I guess.

      • Sick of it

        I’m guessing he was banned…unfortunately.

        • propagandaoftruth

          I liked him but he had no discipline. He knew the rules, chose his path.

          Amren has forced me to discipline my message. It’s a good thing.

  • John Smith

    If the invaders were put in camps and forced to remain there without being eventually released, this would slow the rate of illegal immigration. These invaders know that eventually the bleeding hearts will let them in and give them benefits and housing.

    • George Moriarty

      That is how Australia stopped the boats and people smugglers. They go straight to off-shore detention in a couple of absolutely awful islands. Narau is one, the other is off PNG. many have been repatriated, some are making appeals to be classified as refugees, some have government jobs on Narau. Many of the people smugglers are spending time in Australian prisons. I understand that the boats are torched or sunk.

      • IstvanIN

        HM’s Australian government still has a very generous refugee and immigration program for non-whites.

        • George Moriarty

          Very true. I have just visited a local shopping centre, Blacks, Indians and Asians everywhere.
          Apparently we have obligations under UN conventions to take these people in as well as to have a non-racial immigration policy.
          We also have lots of immigration advocates as well as private “good neighbour” councils who welcome these people.
          have you got any suggestions IstvanIN?

          • IstvanIN

            Vote for the right politicians. The UN can not force Australia to do anything. Also demand a freedom of speech clause for your constitution.

          • George Moriarty

            In this country we are not allowed to say anything slightly racist, especially at election time. Our human rights commissioner is an Asian.
            Sometimes as I post on this site I just feel like Cassandra of old, she said, “Destroy that horse, don’t let it in, it will destroy us…” But the Trojans were too busy enjoying themselves, no one would listen.
            And still, no one will listen.

          • IstvanIN

            That is why you need a free speech amendment.

      • John Smith

        I’ve watched that and see “human rights” groups are protesting it.

  • Chip Carver

    The way things are going in Europe, it’s clear the folks who are really in charge will have to take off their masks when the really harsh orders need to be barked. This will be interesting on many levels, not the least of which will be to see how the different politicians, the puppets, react. Will they continue on as the lapdogs they are for a bunch of nation wreckers, or will some of them grow a backbone and decide to stand with what their fellow Europeans really want?

  • listenupbub

    I went to Italy quite a while ago, and I was shocked at how many sketchy blacks were wandering around Rome.

    Then I went to the Spanish Quarters in Naples, which is considered one of the worst ghettos in Europe, and I felt perfectly safe. Compared to our ghettos, it was extremely functional, with many stable businesses and happy people. The people there could also speak English.

    • Charles Martel

      I am glad I got there in the 90s

      • Tim

        I feel the exact same way about Miami Beach in the early 1980`s….

    • Epiminondas

      I was in Italy in the late 70s. Paradise.

  • Bossman

    These “migrants” appear to be all young black males. Most of them are probably looking for white girlfriends. Such situations can only lead to conflicts.

    • EuropeanIdentity33

      Most of the ones I saw in Southern Europe were just selling knock off handbags. Selling knock off and stolen goods seems to be the only thing they really do once they get into Italy or Spain. There is no reason to import these useless “peoples” into Europe at all.

  • Charles Lufkin

    Let them drown.The invasion must be stopped.Expect the papal voice to be the loudest to let them all in.This show how the catholic church has become an enemy of our people.

    • The Dude

      In his speech before EU MPs in Brussels months ago, the Pope said that Europeans have become less spiritual and that they should regain a sense of identity. But in that same speech, he also said that they should unconditionally and unhesistantly welcome the hordes of Africans arriving at their shores.

      Yeah, because how to better preserve your identity than by letting in hundreds of thousands of alien-looking, alien-sounding, and alien-behaving people into your native land.

      • Jason Lewis

        Exactly. I really don’t like the Catholic Church on the immigration factor, especially here in the U.S.

        • Charles Martel

          Catholic charities uses US tax dollars to import refugees

          • IstvanIN

            It is a HUGE moneymaker for Catholic, Jewish and Lutheran charities. I expect that the feds would bring them in anyway even if the churches weren’t traitors.

        • Quido

          I attend Mass daily and don’t like their immigration policy either.

  • MadmanMarz

    Plenty of room in Davey Jones Locker.

  • Strider73

    Doesn’t Italy have a navy? Isn’t a navy’s mandate to defend the nation against hostile invasion by sea? There is nothing about any of these invading boats that a single torpedo wouldn’t instantly fix.

    • Tim

      Too small for a torpedo. Close in and sink with naval gunfire…

  • ViktorNN

    Take them back to where they came from and then sink the boats. Create a boat shortage in N. Africa. Boats that can safely make that trip aren’t cheap.

  • Eagle1212

    America should do exactly the same, no amnesty now or ever for all illegal alien invaders.

  • OhWow

    Whites are just so evil that blacks beg to live in our countries.

  • KenelmDigby

    From what I know of the Italian national character, especially the southern Italian national character, I am fairly convinced that this politically motivated mass third world takeover of Italy will not end up well. I also say the same thing about Ireland, although I know very little about the Irish situation.
    On another note, I’m also convinced that the invaders will eventually migrate to northern Europe, particularly the UK, as the EU will explicitly guarantee.

    Britain’s *only* hope is a UKIP government. If you are British and can vote in May’s General Election, then you MUST vote for UKIP. This is the most important political decision you will ever take in your life – don’t mess it up.

  • Tim

    My Old Man was in the first wave at Sicily and the second at Salerno. Not the reception he received…

  • JohnEngelman

    I am glad the Italians are finally beginning to stand up and fight back.

    • Epiminondas

      I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Rob

      Are you really John???

  • Realist

    ““We are totally opposed to taking any more migrants.””

    Why did you take the first one???

  • George Costanza

    This is what happens when you become a member of the EU, Schengen Agreement.

  • It should be noted that Veneto is located in the far northeast of Italy, near Austria and Slovenia. One must wonder what things have become father south.

  • Magician

    You can click on this photo to view the photo at its full size

    We can see that they are all men. I would not be happy either, if my town suddenly sees hundreds of men without jobs arriving and start living here. Men who are not “old enough” but have no means of making a living, will simply and surely resort to committing crimes, and/or become permanent parasites on the welfare system and a burden for the indigenous locals who truly work hard for their living.

    And many of them will also start committing sex crimes against local indigenous women because the islam belief teaches that any woman not wearing a burka deserves to be raped

  • Sick of it

    “The government in Rome”

    This + The Vatican = Their Problem

    • Rob

      As a Catholic, I still agree with you. Shame on the Vatican for trying to destroy western civilization.

  • Epiminondas

    Who is paying for all this shipping?

    • Magician

      The fare should not be very high. Look at the size and quality of the ship, and the number of refugees. I am sure they paid for their own.

  • CryHavoc

    Recolonize. Subjugate and administer these hell holes to make life bearable for indigenous people. Take fees for service accordingly. The myth of self governance is obviously absurd.

    • George Moriarty

      I suspect China will do the re-colonizing.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Send those Libyans to Hillary’s house.

  • Irish

    I presume the Pirates were arrested , and what the video shows is the sinking of their ships

    • George Moriarty

      A lot of awesome and scary shooting action in that video! Were the pirates arrested or were they simply blown to pieces?
      But why was this piracy allowed to go on for so long?
      These criminals were committing kidnap, robbery and murder every day and generally holding international shipping to ransom. Yet the international community was doing absolutely nothing to stop it. There were even apologists for these pirates, they would get up on TV and say “These poor Somalis have absolutely nothing and piracy is the only way …”
      It was amazing what a bit of REAL action from the Russian Navy could accomplish, it is the only language that these pirates or any other criminals, such as people smugglers will ever understand.

  • They’re not disarmed per se, but for decades it was illegal in Italy to possess firearms in current military calibers. This meant for instance that 9mm X 19 Parabellum was illegal as a pistol caliber, hence the development of the commercial 9mm X 21 round. My understanding is that the EU has dropped this provision from their gun laws. I think the least restrictive European gun laws are in the Czech Republic.

  • bv

    Sink the boats.

  • Magician

    Many boats do appear to sink on their way to Italy.

  • bv

    Throw them lead life preservers rings.

  • Catholicism is predominantly a third world religion. The faith is growing fastest in Africa. He’s not going to tell his flock not to come to Europe.

  • Rob

    Good a Governor with cajones.

  • Half_truth7s

    It’s a matter of time before Italians do to the Pope what they did to Mussolini. It’s called the Circle of Life.

  • mobilebay

    Why, at this particular time in history, does the world seem to be in flux? It isn’t only us, who are expected to take in all the inhabitants south of our border. It’s most of the developed nations who must bear the brunt of millions of third world nations who come, uninvited, and create havoc wherever they wind up. If other nations are like the US, they send money and aid, yet are expected to take in the people too. When the first world countries are full, then they can help no one and we all perish.

  • Stephen Wordsworth

    If the Navy and air force shot all the migrant boats out of the water then they would stop trying, so less of them would die in the water. So lets start humanitarian bombing.

  • Brian david Riley

    Who are the people traffickers someone has asked — more relevant who are the people being trafficked from Libya. Film footage shows the vast majority are young males from the predominantly Muslim countries of Sub Saharan Africa that have soaring rates of population growth. Gaddafi prevented them from breaking into Europe — for a price. Overthrowing him was a very big mistake.

  • MikeofAges

    My addendum is, “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it, and those who do know history are doomed to repeat it anyway.”