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Italy does not want to become 'multi-ethnic' says Silvio Berlusconi - Telegraph
Italy does not want to become a "multi-ethnic" country and will continue its newly adopted policy of sending boatloads of immigrants and asylum seekers back to North Africa, the prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, said.

Previous Left-wing governments had "opened the doors to clandestine migrants coming from other countries, with an idea of a multi-ethnic Italy," Mr Berlusconi said.

But that kind of society was "not our idea", he added, as he sought to reassure Italians who were alarmed at the number of immigrants pouring into the country, particularly from eastern Europe and Africa.

by Fran on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 02:33:34 PM EST
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The Minister of Interior, the racist Marino, announced today that over 500 boatpeople have now been accompanied back to Libya. Today an incident occured when the Italians forced a group of boatpeople into Maltese territory.

Berlusconi and the Lega are tripping over each other to win the racist vote in the upcoming provincial, administrative and European elections.

Today the unofficial leader of the opposition, Gianfranco Fini, attacked the government's current strategy calling for the identification of the refugees on high seas to determine their political status.

The Church as well as most of the Left opposition has harshly criticized Berlusconi's present policy as well as his anti-multi-ethnic declarations.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 03:48:34 PM EST
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Wait, Fini is now the leader of the opposition?

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buitler
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 03:55:01 PM EST
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Tongue in cheek.

Fini attacks the government and its policies as often as Franceschini. It is now a well-known joke in Italy that Fini is the leader of the opposition to the point it is found in commentaries and op-eds. I use the word "unofficial" to distinguish, well, the two realities.

Fini, to say the least, takes his institutional role as president of the House of Deputies seriously.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 05:02:59 PM EST
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