To the surprise of many in the European Parliament, President Jean-Claude Juncker did not speak of Italy where a populist government leads proceedings since a few months.
Italian Interior Minister Mr. Matteo Salvini, therefore, made sure that he dominated TV highlights in the evening again by going on another talk show up against defendants of immigration.
To great applause from the crowds, the most popular politician in Italy made it clear that when it comes to the topic of immigrants “we need to send them all back with the first plane we can find. We can’t fill Italy with Africa”.
“Africa doesn’t belong in Italy. We have too many of them here in Italy.”
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Meanwhile, the prosecutor who had placed Mr. Salvini under investigation over the illegal detention of migrants (on the Diciotti ship, see our related coverage) has received a death threat in the form of an envelope in his office’s postal box this morning carrying a note and a bullet.
Related coverage: <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/35169-Italy-Migrant-Ship-Row-Judge-Orders-Salvini-To-Release-Kidnapped-Refugees"> Italy Migrant Ship Row – Judge Orders Salvini To Release ‘Kidnapped’ Refugees</a>.
The package was sent to the office of the chief prosecutor of the Sicilian city of Agrigento, to the attention of Mr. Luigi Patronaggio with a note: “You are under fire.”
The stamp on the envelope carried the symbol of a Gladius sword, a mark which is often used by military groups close to far-right movements.
Related coverage: <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/34653-Italy-Salvini-Refuses-To-Let-177-Migrants-Off-Ship-Till-EU-Agrees-To-Take-Them-Video#34655"> Italy - Salvini Refuses To Let 177 Migrants Off Ship Till EU Agrees To Take Them (Video)</a>.
When the prosecutor a few weeks ago announced he was investigating Mr. Salvini, the populist politician responded: “I heard prosecutors asked for my details. Here you go. I was born in Milan, 9 March 1973. I’m ready and proud to be arrested because I’m fighting to defend the Italian border.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I interviewed Italy’s <a href="https://twitter.com/matteosalvinimi?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@matteosalvinimi</a> for this week’s TIME international cover. “Changing Europe is a big goal, but I think it’s at our fingertips.” He tells me. And much more <a href="https://twitter.com/TIMEWorld?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TIMEWorld</a> . <a href="https://t.co/emY5MNe7xF">pic.twitter.com/emY5MNe7xF</a></p>— Vivienne Walt (@vivwalt) <a href="https://twitter.com/vivwalt/status/1040236104044236800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 13, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Mr. Salvini is currently, by all accounts, the most popular politician in Italy still. His government of the populist parties Lega Nord and Five Star Movement would easily gain a 60% majority if elections were held this weekend.
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