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Italy: Palermo mayor rips through 'European fascists' for anti-migrant sentiments03:26

Italy: Palermo mayor rips through 'European fascists' for anti-migrant sentiments

Italy, Palermo
July 20, 2017 at 19:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando spoke out against "European fascists" for using "Sicily as a meeting point for disgusting racism," speaking from Palermo's Town Hall, Thursday.

Orlando said that the "racists... don't understand that Europe will be under trial for genocide, they don't understand there will be a second Nuremberg trial, maybe not in the courts but on history books, because of this ongoing genocide in the Mediterranean Sea."

Orlando went on to critisise "certain states" within the European Union for their indifference, saying, "Instead of kicking human beings that have the unwavering right to decide where to live where to die and where to run to save their lives out of Europe, I would kick out those states that are unworthy of the human rights culture."

The mayor drew comparison between the current migrant crisis and the "violence of the Nazi fascist concentration camps."

"Italy knows fascism," Orlando said, adding, "we don't want to go back to a time that made us ashamed of being Italian and everyone ashamed to be European.”

Orlando's comments come in light of a recent wave of attacks on incoming migrants to Italy, the latest of which saw a local mayor in the Messina province shutting off power supply to a hotel containing some 50 migrants in his commune in protest.

Italy: Palermo mayor rips through 'European fascists' for anti-migrant sentiments03:26
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Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando spoke out against "European fascists" for using "Sicily as a meeting point for disgusting racism," speaking from Palermo's Town Hall, Thursday.

Orlando said that the "racists... don't understand that Europe will be under trial for genocide, they don't understand there will be a second Nuremberg trial, maybe not in the courts but on history books, because of this ongoing genocide in the Mediterranean Sea."

Orlando went on to critisise "certain states" within the European Union for their indifference, saying, "Instead of kicking human beings that have the unwavering right to decide where to live where to die and where to run to save their lives out of Europe, I would kick out those states that are unworthy of the human rights culture."

The mayor drew comparison between the current migrant crisis and the "violence of the Nazi fascist concentration camps."

"Italy knows fascism," Orlando said, adding, "we don't want to go back to a time that made us ashamed of being Italian and everyone ashamed to be European.”

Orlando's comments come in light of a recent wave of attacks on incoming migrants to Italy, the latest of which saw a local mayor in the Messina province shutting off power supply to a hotel containing some 50 migrants in his commune in protest.

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