Italian election spells disaster

The election of the Lega/Five Star Movement (M5S) government in Italy spells disaster for Italians and migrants alike in Italy, writes Joseph Healy. The racist and xenophobic agenda of the Lega is now supported by the M5S which has always opposed migration into Italy. Among the proposals of the new government is one for the construction of “holding camps” where half a million migrants will be held prior to deportation – mostly to Africa.

The historical parallels in a country which went through the full horrors of Fascism and where the Lega openly praises Mussolini and his policies are obvious. The Fascist camps where political opponents and others were held now take on a new life as camps for those fleeing war and famine in Africa. This xenophobia and hatred has been fuelled by the EU and its failure to resettle migrants who have come mostly via Libya throughout Europe, due to resistance from other European states further north and east.

All of Europe must now condemn what is happening in Italy and offer support for those migrants caught in the middle of a crisis in Italian democracy. The failure of the Italian Left to unite and resist the populists and Far Right is also a cause for concern and the Left in Italy must now unite and co-operate against the real danger of a Fascist government. Left Unity will work with other Left parties and progressive forces in Europe and the European Left Party to challenge this growing threat to all of Europe and to support those now becoming the victims of hatred and racism in Italy.

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