Marchers in Italy protesting extremist attack warn neo-fascism on the rise

Demonstrators hold a banner reading “Against Violence, Fascist, Racist, Sexist, Solidarity to the victims of Macerata” during an anti-racism demonstration following last Saturday’s attacks in the Italian city of Macerata when six Africans were wounded in a two-hour drive-by shooting spree by a right-wing extremist, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

On Saturday, demonstrators took to the streets of Macerata, Italy to protest an extremist attack when a gunman shot six African migrants in a drive-by shooting. This as Italy prepares for the country’s national election on March 4.

The suspected gunman, Luca Traini, 28, told police that he had lashed out at the migrants because he was infuriated by news reports of the the body of an 18-year old woman which was found dismembered inside two suitcases.

Prosecutors claimed that four Nigerians are being investigated in the murder. One of those Nigerians is a drug dealer.

Traini had once run for office under the banner of the anti-migrant League leader Matteo Salvini‘s party. That party has promised massive deportations if they come to power, because they blame immigrants for crime.

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Salvani reportedly said on Saturday that he was looking forward to an election victory on March 4 so he could get started on his plans “to start expelling all the illegals one by one, to defend, above all, the women, the girls,” according to the ANSA news agency.

Fighting the rise of neo-fascist sentiments

Because of the increasing anti-immigrant sentiments, protesters in Italy took to the streets in cities like Milan, Rome, Sicily, and others.

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Sky TG24 TV and ANSA reported that the marchers in Piacenza clashed with police when they protested a far-right group establishing a local headquarters in the city where the attack had taken place. Some protesters reportedly threw cobblestones at the police who responded to the gathering.

Cecile Kyenge, a former Italian integration minister who was also a migrant from Africa herself, said that she and other protesters had come out against “the hate that is dividing our country.”

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