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"We should fight against the wave of xenophobia that is manifesting itself in Italy and we must fight against the bad image that Romanians who are working in Italy have," he said Saturday.
Italian authorities say statistics show foreigners commit a disproportionate number of crimes in Italy, and Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni said 75% of arrests in the city in the last year involved Romanians.
On the national level, figures from Italy's statistics bureau found that while less than 5% of the population in 2004 were foreigners, foreigners accounted for 26% of all those convicted, although the report cautioned that immigrants were less likely to obtain adequate legal defense.
Romanians have been detained as suspects in several recent crimes, including the rape of a woman on church steps in northern Italy, a Tiber River bank mugging that left a Rome cyclist in a coma for weeks before he died and the robbery of a Milan coffee bar in which the elderly owner was beaten and her daughter raped.
Other recent crimes in which foreigners are suspected include the mugging of Oscar-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore, which sent him to the hospital; the holdup of a prominent TV anchorman and the mugging of a Rome municipal commissioner.
The savage beating last week of the wife of an Italian naval commander triggered the decree calling for quick expulsions of some EU citizens after a Romanian was arrested in connection with the assault.
Amid the tensions, Pope Benedict offered his concern as he addressed pilgrims in St. Peter's Square.
Masgras Neculai, 30, a petty thief, was named as the first Romanian who would be expelled under the new law, which allows anyone who is considered "dangerous" to society to be sent home.
Police have begun combing immigrant ghettos and arresting Romanians without permits.
Government ministers have vowed to return 5,000 Romanians to their home country in the next few weeks.
The move appeared to have the blessing of the European Union.
Franco Frattini, the European commissioner for justice, freedom and security, said: "What has to be done is simple. Go into a nomad camp in Rome for example, and ask them: 'Can you tell me where you live?'
"If they say they do not know, take them and send them home to Romania. That is how the European directive works.
Romania's Initiave Party in Italy organized on Saturday, at Rome, a press conference to urge Italians to end the xenophobic wave against Romanians. The conference was doubled by several protests against immigrants in Rome, organized by the Italian extreme right movement, Forza Nuova.
The 100 protests started at 6 pm across the country to protest against the sexual abuse wave registered in their country. According to their manifest, the action was triggered by the increasing abuse against Italian women by immigrants, especially by Rroma people. The movement considers that immigration is a negative phenomenon that threatens popular neighborhoods and women and children alike.
Originally posted by zolom
I ADORE the immigrants for this. Not for the crimes they commit but for their UNBENDING WILL and their FREEDOM!
They've got TRUE FREEDOM!
They FIGHT for their rights and they've got GUTS! Something you won't see in the German people.
Originally posted by DaddioOfTruth
So having stated what right I have in my own home here in America, I'd like to know what "right" immigrants have in Germany to go assault a neighbor because they feel like they have been insulted? Would you find it to be a criminal act if it weren't an immigrant? What if your German born neighbor attacked a Muslim for a supposed insult? Are they then taken to the higher plane of "TRUE FREEDOM"? Standing up for their rights? Does everyone in your country have the "right" to assault anybody they choose or is it only a right for those that feel like they may be being oppressed? I am asking honestly because sadly I don't know enough about German law.
In 2005, offending rates for blacks were more than 7 times higher than the rates for whites
Originally posted by The time lord
reply to post by spitefulgod
If you look at this thread and if you look at this whole delusional scenario you will find the police and the people higher up are waiting for society to crash so that they can imprison your liberties. They will let Muslims in and let them out breed the towns and cities till their extreame views along with policing marshal law type rules combine into one controlling unit of power. Chaos out of Order its called and you wonder why they turn a blind eye to all this till its too late?
Originally posted by spitefulgod
Muslim prostitution of white underage girls is also on the rise, don't worry though, there's nothing condemning it in the Koran. Just watch what you say you bunch of racists you don't want to enrage your Muslim brethren.
Originally posted by cooler
i can understand what your saying, but when i look at the history of england, & its very violent past, this past violence gives me a degree of hope, football our fav sport, & a great excuse to practice our historic violence, football, the winning team gets to drink its self into a stupour then iether ransack the area & or have a punchup with the losing team, (see history of millwall for details) beating the # out of some one could almost be seen as entertainment. these totally mad past times may give us brits a fighting chance if islam tried to stop the footy & bann alcahole, this would be very quickly followed by genoside & there would be no muslims left by the end of the week
our fair & pleasent green island, us brits have died fighting for it in the past, we continue fighting for it today, & come tomorow, my guess, we will still be fighting for it, cuase we love a good scrap.
if push comes to shuv, i think muslims in england will get a rude awakening
also if you look at english history i think the only immigrant that was ever welcomed here was the potato, cuase we love our fish & chips