Salvini under fire for reaction to Malian migrant killing

REGGIO CALABRIA – Deputy Prime Minister Salvini has been widely criticised on Tuesday for his sarcastic reaction last week’s murder of 29-year-old Malian, Soumaila Sacko in a shooting which wounded two other legal immigrants in San Calogero. Protests broke out in San Ferdinando calling for a halt to Italy’s increasingly xenophobic outlook, spearheaded by the anti-migrant League leader.

 The attack occurred on Friday after the three victims entered an abandoned warehouse to gather metal sheets and other useful materials to construct a shelter in the San Ferdinando migrant camp.

 As the hunt for the killer resumes, Carabinieri investigators are on the lookout for a white Fiat Panda, reportedly linked to the event.

 “#colpadiSalvini” (Salvini’s fault) began to circulate on Twitter whilst the Deputy Prime Minister formulates his plans to “send home” half a million undocumented migrants.

 The upsurge added to stockpiling irritation directed at Salvini since his appointment as Interior Minister, led by the Democratic Party who slated his muted intervention into the matter.

 The League leader’s only response was to repeat the “#colpadiSalvini” hashtag and attach the link to an article from Il Giornale, with the headline: “Revolt of migrants against Salvini: 'racist, your time is up'.”

 The death of the trade unionist and migrant rights activist sparked furious protests amongst migrant camps seeing anger spill out onto the streets of San Ferdinando.

 Protesters marched wielding photos of the young Malian and cardboard banners, reading “we are all human; the same blood.” Chants of “truth,” “justice,” “never slaves” and “Soumaila, one of us” echoed around the town as protesters voiced their rage.

 “We are people, not animals, but they kill us like animals,” some marchers said, adding that they have the right to know the name of Sacko’s killer.

 A police officer was caught up amid the tension, in the centre of the march and bins were set aflame last night, although the protests were kept largely peaceful; following discussions with migrants, the local prefect Michele di Bari, thanked protesters for maintaining calm in a showing of high emotion.

The demonstrators had called for a meeting with the Minister of Labour, the Prefect, and the region’s mayors to “start a project of reception together,” demanding improvements to living and working conditions.

 “No more tent camps, we want houses,” rang through the crowds, without a reaction from Salvini, as investigator continue their search for a breakthrough.

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