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Italy has experienced a major upheaval with the Chinese coronavirus on top of other government-created crisis, such the relentless importation of illegal migrants. Despite the ongoing turbulence, the leftist leadership in the country has prioritized the scheduling of a partisan trial against the former Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, which will be held in Catania, Sicily on July 4, 2020.
With Italy’s socialist Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the European Union experiencing their lowest-ever approval rating among Italians, it is not surprising that they are desperate to neutralize their biggest threat: Matteo Salvini. Fearing the anti-EU sentiment and growing popularity of Salvini, Conte and the EU are using every dirty trick to silence their opposition.
As previously reported at RAIR, Italian politicians and citizens are growing more and more disenfranchised with Italy’s participation in the EU.
A recent poll reveals:
On 12-13 March, 88 percent of Italians feel that Europe is failing to support Italy in the [coronavirus] crisis, while only 4 percent believe that it is doing enough. And 67 percent of Italians regard EU membership as a disadvantage, up from 47 percent in November 2018.
Salvini is laughably charged with “aggravated kidnapping” along with other charges for refusing to allow 131 illegal and potentially dangerous migrants to disembark from an Italian fishing boat named the Accursio Giarratano. The former Deputy Prime Minister faces potential steep fines and even prison time for as long as 15 years. According to Gatestone:
The incident, which occurred over a four-day period in July 2019, was part of Salvini’s ‘closed ports’ policy against illegal immigration and an attempt to force EU member states to share the burden of mass migration.
Although the decision to prevent those onboard the Gregoretti from disembarking was made by Salvini in close coordination with senior members of the Italian government, only Salvini is facing prosecution.
In the following video posted by Salvini on Twitter, and translated exclusively by RAIR Foundation USA, the wildly popular Lega party leader exposes the desperation of his political rivals and left-wing mass migration advocates who have been pushing to jail him. He said wryly, “everything stops [In Italy] except the Salvini trial.” Salvini further affirmed his love and commitment to Italy and her citizens:
If you don’t give in, you can count on the fact that even in the face of 18 trials I won’t give in. Italy and the Italian people come first.
Watch his declaration here (transcript below):
Over the years, the left-wing has brought charges against Salvini for refusing to allow migrants to disembark from NGO or Italian coast guard ships. Salvini has said that he acted in Italy’s national interest and that the charges against him throughout the years are politically motivated, aimed at silencing criticism of Italy’s open-door migration policy.
Salvini recently shined a spotlight on the media and legal hypocrisy when he called out their support of NGO ships and their captains in the Mediterranean who are masquerading as humanitarians. Often, their human cargo are actually very dangerous people with values and ambitions that are in staunch opposition to Western values and laws.
As previously reported at RAIR, Salvini released a video exposing the coordination between NGO migrant ships and illegal human traffickers:
These human smugglers are transporting migrants from the just off the coast of Libya to the shores of Italy. Shockingly, these human traffickers actually leverage their Facebook page to promote their services and recruit ‘customers.’
Italy’s leftist government under their Socialist Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has kept its promise to reverse Salvini’s immigration stance, empowering NGO human trafficking vessels to enter their seaports. In fact, they have gone to great lengths to support NGO captains flooding Italy with dangerous illegals, including left-wing radical Carola Rackete.
Salvini and Rackete squared off in June 2019, when she ignored Italian military orders prohibiting her from docking her George Soros-backed NGO ship trafficking illegals at a port in Lampedusa. Rackete instead crushed a patrol boat putting the lives of soldiers at risk, and illegally entered the Italian port. Three men aboard her NGO ship were violent criminals who had just been arrested for the rape, torture and murder of migrants in Libya.
Rackete was arrested by Italian police “on charges of resistance and violence against warships.” However, the Italian high court, dropped all charges against her. Rackete celebrated and announced “the court confirmed that I should not have been arrested for having saved lives.”
Salvini responded on social media:
“In the eyes of some judges, a German woman who risked the lives of 5 Italian soldiers should not be put in jail. And instead they want to put a minister on trial who defended the country’s borders and stopped the [undocumented migrant] landings.
As Rackete has been hailed for smuggling in three dangerous rapists and murderers, Salvini will be tried as a criminal.
The socialist government in Italy is so enmeshed in their sickening vision of globalism and unchecked mass migration that they are willing to disregard their own citizens in order to achieve their agenda. With this in mind, consider the irony of persecuting Matteo Salvini, a man who has been fighting to protect the sovereignty of Italy and her citizens.
Like President Donald Trump, Salvini’s legal troubles have only boosted his approval ratings and garnished sympathy from citizens. Polls show that Salvini is the most trusted politician in Italy. Nearly half of Italians believe that is was “wrong” for the Lega leader to be put on trial and stripped of his parliamentary immunity.
Without Salvini in office and in jail, socialists like Conte, Soros-funded NGOs and the European Union can continue to flood Italy with dangerous economic migrants and push their globalist agenda.
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Transcript: many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation:
If you don’t give in, you can count on the fact that even in the face of, if needed — 18 trials, I won’t give in. Italy and the Italian people come first.
If half of Italy stops, in fact, almost of the offices are closed, businesses closed, shops are closed, the courts are closed, but I have received a summons to court in Catania for July 4.
The 4th of July. You recall the famous ‘kidnapping’ for having blocked the landing of 100 immigrants in an Italian port for four days? And at this moment everything is closed in order to combat the virus. It is strange that the Salvini trial and…
I will have the good fortune, the joy and the possibility on July 4 to be in the splendid Catania, a city, moreover, that I adore, for… the first phase of a trial that seemed to me incredible before the virus and seems to me even more incredible now that the virus in progress…