Daniel Halliday
Jun 11 · Last update 2 mo. ago.

What is behind the arrest of Italy’s pro-immigration mayor?

The Mayor of the small southern Italian village of Riace, Domenico Lucano, will face trial for encouraging illegal immigration. Lucano was praised for using immigration as a positive force saving the dwindling economy and population of Riace be encouraging migrant and refugee families to settle in the region. He is being charged with arranging a marriage between an Italian man and a Nigerian woman amongst other allegations. Is the arrest of Domenico Lucano justified and what is behind the allegations of encouraging illegal immigration?
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Under house arrest as a precautionary measure

Domenico Lucano was under house arrest so that as a mayor he could not destroy evidence as a precautionary measure during a probe into charges of abuse of power and abetting illegal immigration by setting up marriages of convenience. This is following a recent indictment of separate charges of fraud and making false public statements, for these reasons Italian police are more than justified in this move, protecting Italy from the massive level of uncontrolled immigration it has suffered under. The main charge the mayor of Riace is now being investigated for is that he arranged a marriage between an Italian man and a Nigerian woman, a woman who had previously been forced into prostitution in Naples so that she could stay in the country.

ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2019/04/12/riace-mayor-lucano-faces-new-probe_301b4754-1284-4b8d-bb9d-aa0e47539e92.html telesurenglish.net/news/Italians-Rally-in-Support-of-Mayor-Indicted-for-Aiding-Refugees-20181007-0007.html

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Politically motivated

The cases against Domenico Lucano remain trumped up charges as an attack on the Mayor’s policies rather than anything based in reality. This is all part of far-right populist Matteo Salvini’s push against immigration and refugees in Italy, he is riding the wave of a re-emergence of far-right and neo-fascist groups in the country and humanitarian politicians such as Lucano remain a high profile easy target. Salvini has even mocked Lucano’s arrest, calling Lucano “a zero” [1], despite this evidence remains scant and this case seems more a sign of the times and government than an infringement of Italian law.

aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/italian-neo-fascists-protest-mayor-refugee-town-190513161508776.html [1] repubblica.it/cronaca/2018/06/02/news/migranti_botta_risposta_salvini_sindaco_riace-198004716

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