Is This the Beginning of a Backlash?
Cross posted from Crusader Rabbit (Australia)
"Italy rounds up hundreds of illegal immigrants while vigilantes set fire to gipsy camps in hardline crackdown: Hundreds of illegal immigrants were arrested in a nationwide roundup in Italy yesterday, with dozens immediately deported.
The operation followed rising anxiety in Italy over the scale of illegal immigration, with tempers flaring in Naples where vigilantes set alight a Roma gipsy camp.Silvio Berlusconi was elected to a third term as prime minister last week after promising to crack down on illegal immigrants who are blamed by many Italians for a rising crime rate.In a massive police operation yesterday, police raided addresses stretching from Milan and Turin in the north, down to Rome and as far south as Naples.A total of 268 foreigners were arrested, all illegal immigrants, according to Italian police who carried out the raids with the help of Romanian officers.
Most of the arrested were held for further checks and possible charges over crimes.But 53 were immediately booted out after being put on planes to their home countries or taken to land borders.Police said the raids were part of a crackdown on thefts, break-ins, drug dealing and prostitution which have jumped in recent months.But there was no doubt it was under political orders from on high.
Those arrested came from Eastern Europe, Greece, North Africa and China.
Strange, isn't it, how Britain is unable to deport illegal immigrants, rapists and murderers and terrorists--because it would "breach their human rights".
The Italians appear to have no such problem. Perhaps their judges aren't neutered poodles?
A note from Radarsite: The title poses the question: Are these increasing incidents evidence of European backlash against their out-of-control immigration problems? Is this just the beginning? It is perhaps too early to see these developments as a backlash -- but all the necessary elements are certainly there. While the EU multiculturalists have continued playing their destructive games with European culture, the resentment and anger has been seething just below the surface. Are these signs of an imminent eruption?
To us, perhaps the gypsies seem an unlikely target of Italian anger. But perhaps they are the Italian version of our illegal Mexican immigrants problems. In any event, it seems that the Italians are trying to take their country back. And for this they must be applauded. Perhaps they can set an example to those other European countries, such as Britain in particular, who are at best ignoring the problem; and at worst facilitating it.
Bravo Italia! -- rg