Angry migrants in the northern town of Ceranova have protested the lack of wifi and a cleaner in the villa where they are staying,” By The Express.It, December 22, 2015. File photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
Refugees in Italy revolt over lack of Wi-Fi
The 24 protesting refugees from sub-Saharan Africa have been asking for somebody to help them maintain order at the duplex villa in the town of Ceranova, where they have been housed since last summer.
They are also upset that Wi-Fi has not been installed in the villa, meaning they can’t make Skype calls to their relatives back home, La Repubblica reported.
The protests first took place late last week, when the town’s refugees blocked main roads to get their message across.
And the situation soon took a turn for the worse when the refugees began to tip out their rubbish in the sleepy town’s main streets to make their point.
The scene led to heated arguments between the refugees and members of the local community, and the town’s mayor, Alessandro Grieco, had to intervene personally with the help of three police officers to defuse the situation.
As news of the protests spread, it became a national issue — being seized upon by Italy’s fiercely anti-immigration Northern League party.
Outspoken party leader Matteo Salvini even joked about sending the left-wing journalist, politician and leader of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini, to clean up the migrants’ mess.
“They wan’t someone to clean their homes – can you believe it?” an incredulous Salvini asked reporters. “To keep them happy, let’s send Boldrini.”
Since last week’s protests, mayor Grieco has called a meeting with the regional prefect, and expelled the ringleader of the protests, a 24-year-old man, from the refugee facility.
“Until now nothing bad had happened and we are looking into the incident. The migrants have obviously flagged up a few issues for them but this is not the way to draw attention to them.”
“We absolutely won’t tolerate protests like this.”
Courtesy of Pamela Geller.