Racism in Europe: Southern Europe: Horror at echoes of the past
Friday 18 June 1993
The recent racist outrages in Germany have had an echo in southern Europe, however. The victims have been mostly immigrants, many seeking asylum from war and persecution at home. Their numbers have swollen dramatically in the past few years, particularly Africans, from the Maghreb but also from the sub-Sahara; and in Italy, refugees from former Yugoslavia.
Estimates for the numbers of immigrants and asylum-seekers run to more than 3 million. Jewish people, gypsies and other vulnerable groups have also been victimised.
In the worst attack in Italy, five Muslims from Kosovo in former Yugoslavia died in March when an old farmhouse on the outskirts of Trento in which many of them were living was burnt down, presumably by racists. In Rome three Senegalese were shot at and one killed. Africans sleeping out among the ancient ruins in Rome public gardens have also been brutally stabbed or beaten up by fascist gangs on 'punishment expeditions'.
In Madrid, last November, a group of men burst into an abandoned discotheque, where families from the Dominican Republic were squatting, and one opened fire with a pistol. He was, it emerged, a former Guardia Civil policeman, his companions rapadas (skinheads) who resented the strong Dominican Republic presence in the Madrid suburb of Aravaca. His victim, Luc recia Perez, 33, became something of a martyr, moving thousands to march against racism. In Italy and Spain the worst racist incidents have been followed by demonstrations and declarations of horror by public figures while the media have engaged in anguished debates.
There is neither an Italian nor a Spanish Le Pen figure at present, although Italy's Northern League has shown itself reactionary and sympathetic to attacks on southern Italians and blacks, according to the Anti-Nazi League.
An ugly streak of racism also runs through the neo-fascist party, MSI, but anxious for respectability, it has repudiated the racist laws of the former fascist dictatorship.
- 1 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 2 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 4 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 5 Israel-Gaza conflict: Deadly flechette shells 'used by Israeli military in Gaza Strip’
Hacking Trial: Rebekah Brooks, Raisa and a new twist in the saga of a horse fit for a Prime Minister
Israel-Gaza conflict: Palestinian death toll now exceeds 500 – but Israel fights on
Income tax league: Revealed - the UK towns where people pay the most and least tax
Israel-Gaza conflict: Deadly flechette shells 'used by Israeli military in Gaza Strip’
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Blogger captures footage ‘showing BUK missile launcher that shot down jet’ now back in Russia
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Scheme Manager (BREEAM)...
Flexible, depending on experience: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: T...
£850 - £950 per day: Orgtel: Programme Director - Conduct Risk - Banking - £85...
£100 - £110 per day: Orgtel: Project Coordinator/Order Entry Hampshire