After having used drones and helicopters to control the Italians in quarantine, now the government is preparing a marshaling of 60,000 guardians to follow Italians who leave the house. Enough. – Matteo Salvini
Italy’s government, led by socialist Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, is recruiting an army of 60,000 citizens to enforce the state’s Chinese coronavirus restrictions after predicting a second wave of infections “could” be coming.
Matteo Salvini, the former Interior Minister and leader of the Lega party, along with other anti-socialist leaders, slammed the government’s program, which is reminiscent of former communist East Germany’s mass surveillance program.
Italy’s new culture of citizen informers feels eerily familiar. Policing of Germany’s population – to root out dissenting voices and prevent people from challenging the Communist Party’s legitimacy or control – had been the norm under the Gestapo, Nazi Germany’s intelligence-gathering police. Nazis paved the way by using citizens as informers or denouncers.
The left-wing government’s recruits will be comprised of pensioners and unemployed citizens who will be responsible for such things as patrolling the parks, markets or stores, counting the number of people entering or leaving, explaining government rules, enforcing mandatory face mask coverings and social distancing measures, etc. The new army of informants will be ready for deployment by the end of next week.
This controversial project is the brainchild of socialist Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia (Democratic Party) and Antonio Decaro (Democratic Party), mayor of the southern city of Bari. Decaro has a long history of using surveillance to shame people publicly and just recently a video of his yelling at citizens to follow lockdown measures by “returning to their homes” went viral.
The following propaganda video is from left-wing television broadcaster Antenna Sud, which promotes citizen participation in the surveillance state by exploiting their patriotism:
…now is the moment to recruit all those citizens who want to help the country, demonstrating a great civic sense.
Watch the following news clip below:
Matteo Salvini released a video facebook statement slamming the governments “spy” tactics:
After having used drones and helicopters to control the Italians in quarantine, now the government is preparing a marshaling of 60,000 guardians to follow Italians who leave the house. Enough.
Why are responsible citizens who deserve “trust and freedom” being policed, questioned Salvini. Instead he suggested they target actual criminals:
Let’s use guardians to chase criminals and drug dealers, and not to spy on citizens who only want return to living and working with their heads on their shoulders.
Watch the following Salvini video below:
How strange is the Italian left. Always against ‘ronde‘ a group of unarmed citizens to protect playgrounds and neighborhoods where our children play, now with the excuse of the virus they invent` ‘civic assistants’ to control what Italians do.
Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Italian party Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy), also slammed the decision to create what she deemed “a militia organized by the government”:
I truly believe it is going too far. The authoritarian drift we are witnessing is taking on grotesque contours but no less dangerous than any other liberticidal drift. I advise the government not to pull too tight because the Italians are tired and angry.
A historical leftist tactic is to accuse the other side of that which you are guilty. From the beginning of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak, the left-wing media has wrongly predicted that the country’s conservative parties would try to “weaponize people’s despair.” Meanwhile, Italy’s socialist fear mongering government continues using the virus as means to further control its population and now is using a citizens army to thwart violators.
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Many thanks to Fousesquawk for the translations:
60,000 civic assistants are coming, who will have the task of helping and surveilling during Phase 2. In the coming weeks the announcement will be sent out, aimed at the unemployed, those who have no work constraints, recipients of citizenship income or those who benefit from social safety nets. This was announced by the Minister of Regional Affairs, Francesco Boccia, and the president of ANCI [National Association of Italian Municipalities], Antonio Decaro, explaining that the assistants will be chosen on a voluntary basis. The civic assistants will be coordinated by the Department of Civil Protection, which indicates the availability in the regions of entire national territory, and employed by the mayors to collaborate on social activity in respect to social distancing, and to give support to the weakest segment of the population. The municipalities, through ANCI, will be able to make use of the contribution of the civic assistants to enforce all the measures put in place to counteract and contain the spread of the virus, starting with social distancing. After the thousands of requests for doctors, nurses, and social-health workers received by Civil Protection at the moment of the greatest emergency in Italian hospitals, now is the moment to recruit all those citizens who want to help the country, demonstrating a great civic sense.
After having used drones and helicopters to control the Italians in quarantine, now the government is preparing a marshaling of 60,000 guardians to follow Italians who leave the house. Enough. I would say the moment has been reached to also say, “Enough”. Let’s use our heads. Italians have demonstrated good sense, responsibility, and they deserve trust and freedom. Let’s use guardians to chase criminals and drug dealers, and not to spy on citizens who only want return to living and working with their heads on their shoulders.