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Reporting from NYC after a high-profile reconnaissance mission on the Ligurian coast of Italy, spanning Rome to San Remo…
Italy is getting flack for refusing to accept a migrant ship in Sicily, which carried 600 migrants from North Africa. Spain made themselves look good by accepting the ship. Italy is all about #chiudiamoiporti (‘lets shut the ports’) right now, as the country resists a stubborn and ever-growing population clamoring for asylum in Europe. Italy struggles to uphold its nationalism and maintain what virginity remains of its culture, to put itself first while still abiding by the EU’s core values of solidarity, human rights, etc.
In Esti news, on a long train ride along the Ligurian Sea from Livorno to Roma Termini, I witnessed two Italian conductors interrogate two African passengers who were riding illegally without tickets and without ID:
‘C’e l’hai un documento?!’ (Do you have ID?!) he barked at them. They didn’t speak any Italian, and the conductor refused to speak English. He repeated again and again, ‘NO! SIETE IN ITALIA! Siete in Italia, parlate Italiano!’ You are in Italy – you must speak Italian!
The conductors represent Italy’s new far-right anti-immigrant stance in a Europe bombarded by asylum seekers.